Town of Abingdon gets its first mural

ABINGDON, Va. - Abingdon is getting its first outdoor mural.

The new historical landmark is being painted on the wall of Brandywine Antiques, which is across the street from the post office.

Ellen Elmes, a muralist and watercolor painter from Jewel Ridge, Virginia, has been working on it since last summer.

Onlookers can learn a lot about the town and surrounding area while enjoying the mural.

She says she really did her homework in order to depict a lot of the town's rich history.

"I spent a long time researching for the mural and I interviewed people," said Elmes. "I came to Abingdon about once a week for six or seven weeks and set up a place to interview long time residents."

Abingdon Main Street is sponsoring the mural and is asking for public support to have it completed.

They're still trying to raise $10,000 to make that happen.

Elmes' other murals can be viewed in southwest Virginia in Richlands, Clintwood, Tazewell, and Southwest Virginia Community College, as well as several in Kingsport, TN.

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