Disney’s Beauty and The Beast at the Barter Theater

Katrina, Kaley, and I went to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA. We had the best time! The play was tremendous – beautiful scenery and costumes, excellent acting, singing and dancing. As soon as it was over, I wanted to see it again.
And I wanted to spend more time in Abingdon. I didn’t see very much of Abingdon, but it immediately appealed to me. The brick sidewalks, the quaint little shops (cafes, tea rooms, and shops), the beautiful old homes. The land that Abingdon sits on was originally surveyed between 1748 and 1750. In 1778, Abingdon became incorporated, it is said to be the ancestral home of Martha Washington. The population was 8,191 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Washington County and is a designated Virginia Historic Landmark. It has historic treasures, and a fine arts and crafts scene centered around the galleries and museums along Main Street.
The Barter Theater is a beautiful theater where a variety of plays are presented . There is a show to appeal to all types of audiences. I highly recommend keeping an eye on their website and looking for a play that appeal to you, then go and enjoy a few hours of magic. Live theater is unsurpassed by any other form of media.
Directly across from The Barter Theater is The Martha Washington Inn. This Inn was originally built in 1832 as a private residence by a Virginia General. The Martha Washington Inn has seen many different uses. From private residence it evolved into a finishing school for young ladies. When the armies of the Civil War battled in and around Abingdon, the building served as a hospital for wounded soldiers, and romantic stories of nurses and soldiers still endure to this day. After the Civil War The Martha became a women’s college and today is an elegant hotel, paying homage to its gracious Southern roots and enduring historic legacy.
I am hoping that Daniel and I can plan a weekend trip to Abingdon. We can take in a play and stay at the Martha Washington Inn and enjoy this beautiful town tucked away in Soutwest Virginia.

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