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Aerial view of The Martha


Nestled in the heart of Abingdon, Virginia, The Martha Washington Inn & Spa is a historic and luxurious retreat, renowned for its elegance and timeless charm. Originally a home, before being founded as a women's college in the early 19th century, the inn has a rich history and a distinct blend of old-world grandeur and modern comfort. Guests are treated to well-appointed accommodations, exquisite dining, and a pampering spa experience. With its picturesque gardens, historic architecture, and a legacy of hospitality, The Martha is an inviting haven for relaxation, romantic getaways, and memorable special events. It's a destination where history meets luxury, creating an unforgettable experience in the heart of Appalachia.

Historic Abingdon hotel


The inn's story begins in 1832 when it was originally built as a home for General Francis Preston and his family of 11, before being established as the Martha Washington College (one of the first schools in the United States to offer higher education to women). Founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, the college provided women with an exceptional education for over 70 years.

In 1932, the college ceased operations, and the property underwent a transformation. It was converted into a hotel and aptly named The Martha Washington Inn, in honor of the country's first First Lady, Martha Washington. The inn quickly gained a reputation for its Southern hospitality and timeless elegance.

Over the years, The Martha has welcomed many notable guests, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Elizabeth Taylor. Its historical significance and charming ambiance have made it a popular destination for both leisure travelers and those seeking a unique backdrop for special events.

Historic photo of a woman

A Treasured Legacy Preserved

Generations of families, proud of their great-great aunts' or grandmothers' education at the Martha Washington College, have lovingly donated photos and annuals that now adorn the hallowed halls of The Martha Washington Inn & Spa. These cherished mementos capture the essence of the institution's rich history, highlighting the milestones and memories of countless young women who once walked these very halls. As you wander through the inn's corridors, you'll be enveloped by the nostalgia and the spirit of the past, each image and annual a testament to the enduring legacy of this remarkable place. It's a living tribute to the educational heritage and the deep sense of community that has graced The Martha for generations.