Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
LETTER: Abingdon’s intent to sell Hassinger House regrettable, must require preservation

LETTER: Abingdon’s intent to sell Hassinger House regrettable, must require preservation

  • 0
Washington County News logo

The town of Abingdon has determined to sell their former visitors center site, the impressive century-plus-old Hassinger House, a property abutting our Veterans Memorial Park. It seems to me regrettable that the town wishes to sell this mansion. Since the Fields-Penn House will no longer be a museum, the Hassinger House (currently in a public institutional land-use category, according to the posted Comprehensive Plan) would be an excellent venue for a high-quality Abingdon historical museum and an extension of the Veterans Park outdoor museum. Some galleries could focus on veterans, including the Overmountain Men, plus slave history and slavery’s offspring, the Civil War. If the town lets this asset go for short-term financial considerations, it will probably never be recoverable. In the event that the structure is nevertheless sold, I urge that it be done so with deed covenants that require the building’s preservation and its adherence to the town’s historic-district standards and that the house be included within a new Bradley Street Historic District.

Catch the latest in Opinion

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Coal miner Betsy Mallum and the family doctor who delivered her, Sam Finnix, are not real people. But the harrowing things we see them endure on our television screens really did happen to all too many people in Southwest Virginia.

  • Updated

Kyle Rittenhouse is 18 years old. On Aug. 25, 2020, when Rittenhouse killed two men during a night of civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he was 17. But when he took the stand during his murder trial, he looked like he could be 13. Defendants in murder trials often do themselves no favors by testifying in their own defense, but Rittenhouse probably helped himself. He was soft-spoken and ...

  • Updated

What can sensible adults agree on regarding Kyle Rittenhouse, the latest young symbol on whom America can hang its devastating internal division and the newest tool for social media networks to monetize without regard to individual and societal hurt? Those who believe in the rule of law, which should be all of us, might start with the notion that a murder trial involving self-defense is no ...

The best thing about teaching is the kids. A former student who is now grown has allowed me to use his name, Andrew Hill….if that IS his real …

  • Updated

What a seismic difference a trial has made to public and media perceptions of Kyle Rittenhouse. When he was charged at age 17 with shooting three men, two fatally, during racial unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year, various media accounts described him as a rifle-toting white supremacist who drove across the border to shoot Black Lives Matters protesters in the racial unrest that followed ...

  • Updated

Since 1984, the nationwide legal drinking age has been 21 for good reasons. Young people’s brains are still developing, which affects their judgment and cognitive abilities. That, along with raging hormones, boosts the chances of impulsive decision-making. It’s a dumb idea to add alcohol to an already unstable mix. It makes even less sense to add firearms to that unstable mix. Perhaps it’s ...

The word surrender has a negative connotation in most people’s minds, myself included. Surrendering has always seemed like something that must…

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.