06 August, 2009

Abingdon, Virginia:Summer 2009-Skywatch Friday



Abingdon, Virginia is a great day trip and is located about 132 miles southwest of my home off Interstate 81. It is a charming town and one that I have visited many times before moving to Virginia. I love its atmosphere and visits here never disappoint.

The area we now call Abingdon was first surveyed by Dr. Thomas Walker and the Loyal Land Company, in the years 1749-1750. There was no immediate effort to settle the lands; and the next mention of the area was in 1760, when Daniel Boone and his exploration party were camped at a spring near the ground where a fort would later be built.

The town of Abingdon was possibly named after Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, the ancestral home of Martha Washington. Other possible origins of the name include Daniel Boone's home in Abington, Pennsylvania, or Lord Abingdon, friend of settler William Campbell.

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57 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Lovely blue sky with fluffy white clouds. It must have been a gorgeous day when you visited Abingdon. ;-)

Tabib said...

Lovely architecture and nice saturated blue sky.
Have a great weekend!

Dewdrop said...

Aren't those beautifully angled shots! I love the vignette effect on the edges. It looks like a memory... a childhood memory. Beautiful blue skies.

Are you in VA...? You might see another roll cloud today. Rough weather ahead.

Sylvia K said...

What a gorgeous day it must have been! Love the blue sky and white clouds! Perfect backdrop for the church steeples! Great post, as always!

Have a great weekend, Erin!

Sylvia

Regina said...

Another fantastic skies!

Gill - That British Woman said...

perfect summer photos.....

Gill in Canada

Rocky Mountain Retreat said...

Beautiful framework... the details on this roof is terrific and that bright blue sky is a perfect backdrop!

Daryl said...

Loving these .. just ... no, not 'just' .. completely lovely

Carletta said...

Wonderful shots!
Architectural elements against a blue sky - done well.
That's a nice part of the country.

My post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

RuneE said...

A nice way of zooming in - the structure and pattern of that roof was very interesting.

Janie said...

Great photos, as always, and some interesting historical connections to the town.

Pearl Maple said...

Great collection of photos for sky watch friday, thanks for sharing with us all. Always interesting to learn about the different places we get to see via the blog posts.

Lynn said...

Very nice. I love old architecture.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

These just make me smile. Such lovely happy summer colours. And lovely composition too.
Janice.

Eric said...

Nice set of pictures, love the contrast in the first one!!

Have a nice SWF.

Texas Travelers said...

Great photos, nice series.

Nice history writeup.

thanks for the visit.

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Come visit anytime,
Troy and Martha

Carver said...

Those are such beautiful shots and an interesting post.

Baruch said...

Great SWF contributions - looks like an awesome day

P-TER said...

Beautiful blue!
Great shots!
Gr.
P-TER

Ida said...

BEAUTIFUL! :)
Lovely light colors and very nice segments.

Tranquility said...

I love the soft, dreamy look of these! Beautiful!

Stephany said...

Wonderful photos, Erin. I love the architecture.

James said...

Interesting, and the sky looks perfect!

Babooshka said...

Interesting. I know Abingdon in the UK,but not been there for years. Beautiful skies.

Susan at Stony River said...

It sounds like a wonderful place! Looking at the map, it's about four hours due south for us, and then we could 'peek' at the Tennessee border while we're there. Hopefully we'll get to go; we've only got a little summer left now it seems. I hope we keep our good weather and beautiful skies!

Ebie said...

Great architecture. Soft clouds and blue skies, just a perfect day!
P.S. I have done the tea yet, but I may go for the summer concert.

Sally in WA said...

Beautiful set of shots, Erin. Have a great weekend.

Tara R. said...

Wonderful shot and love the backstory of the town. Lovely architecture.

mountain.mama said...

Great pictures of beautiful skies!

Pietro said...

Interesting pictures for a very nice Sky Watch!
Happy weekend!

J Bar said...

Bright and sunny.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. The blue sky and cloud formations are lovely.

Guy D said...

Lovely photos, love that blue sky.

Have a great weekend.
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Arija said...

Love the first one with the dark angel wings above the roof.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Interesting series of closeups. It turns almost abstract but very beautiful.

MedaM said...

Beautiful photos of lovely blue sky and a church steeples!

diane said...

Love the blue sky and the roof line together with the information makes a good post.

Jan K. said...

Nice series.
Your pictures of the skies always look so soft and dreamy ...

Esther Garvi said...

So cosy!

alicesg said...

Very beautiful photo for skywatch. Clever way to capture the photo with the roof as a background and they looked so unique. Have a nice weekend.

Maria said...

How beautiful your pictures are!
Would you mind passing along the secret for allowing such large photos? Whenever I try to make my pictures larger than the "large" option... The pictures cut into the sidebar etc.
Thanks so much...
again, just lovely ~ Maria

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful sky and tower colours.
Great effect.

Barb said...

Hi Erin,
I like the close, closer, closest approach you use with this week's sky! Have a restful weekend.

ms toast burner said...

Great photos, Erin! I love the affect your photos have. They're very relaxing and beautiful.

Annie said...

Always wonderful photos. Thank you! Also good to hear the history too!
Thanks for visiting my Australian skies this week!

Titania said...

A beautiful house, so charming. It is so nice to learn about places in faraway lands I would not know they existed, and what a loss that would be. Thank you Erin and you too have a happy weekend.

earthtoholly said...

Hi Erin. What a beautiful steeple against that bright blue sky. I love that roof's design. Of course, your commentary is always excellent! Have a good weekend! :o)

napaboaniya said...

Nice perspective of the entire picture with great looking sky above ;)

Gattina said...

What a beautiful blue sky !

T.R. said...

That blue in the sky is so rich and perfect. Great phtography!

FA said...

That is a beautiful shade of blue! Happy SWF.

Denise said...

There is always such a wonderful look to your photos Erin, great series here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I'm frequently admiring rooftops myself. I like to think how the rain hits it and goes off in the gutters. I'm somewhat of a water enthusiast. Thanks for sharing.

Susie of Arabia said...

Sounds like a place I would love to visit one of these days. Great photos, Erin!

The Tile Lady said...

Great photos! I have been wishing we could live near Abingdon these days....sent for an info packet from the Chamber....just dreaming. Oh well. Just made a visit to Floyd Co and those photos will be posted soon on my blog. Nice Skywatch!
Marie

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Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi I came to your blog via Tongue in Cheek...isn't she having a wonderful time..:-)

As you can see I live in Oxfordshire, yes in the next town to Abingdon ...:-)