APPALACHIAN REGION stepped outside its borders in May for its ‘mini’ Appalachian Adventure 2017.
Thirteen couples in thirteen Porsches enjoyed a beautiful weekend in Abingdon, VA at the Martha Washington Inn. The “Martha” was built in 1832 and has since seen several uses from private residence to an upscale college for women and even a hospital during the Civil War. It is now a welcoming historic Inn restored to perfection.
The festivities began Friday evening with a champagne reception on the front porch of the Martha followed by a short walk to the Tavern for dinner. The Tavern was built in 1779; as the oldest building in Abingdon it offers plenty of history (tavern, bank, bakery, general store, cabinet shop, barber shop, private residence, post office, hospital, brothel, antique shop and restaurant); it is said to be haunted: ‘packed from the rafters to the cellar with ghosts’ - Donnamarie Emmert. After dinner, a private, guided tour of the attic space was offered and enjoyed. The food was delicious and the service was great!
After an ‘on your own’ exploration on Saturday morning, we gathered at the Barter Theater for a rousing matinee performance of the musical ‘Footloose’. The Barter is the State Theater of Virginia and when it opened in 1933, the Barter accepted produce from local farmers as payment for their admission. During the Great Depression, the theater fed the cast with box office receipts.
Saturday’s banquet dinner was held in a private room in the Martha. Lounging on the Martha’s front porch after dinner, we enjoyed social time and adult beverages. Sunday morning’s bike ride on the Virginia Creeper Trail was cancelled due to rain but an excellent time was had by all.