Directions to Barter


Barter Theatre has two unique venues on Main Street in charming downtown Abingdon, VA. Barter's Main Stage has a grand and rich history dating back to 1831. Directly across the street you'll find Barter Stage II and our dining experience Bob's at Barter.

Abingdon is one of Virginia's most historic towns, with tree-lined streets, charming nineteenth century homes, and brick sidewalks offering a welcome respite for visitors.

Southwest Virginia is an easy drive from metropolitan areas including Charlotte, Knoxville, Roanoke, and the Tri-Cities area. For driving directions, click here.

The nearest airport is Tri Cities Regional Airport, just 30 minutes away.

Contact Info

Barter Theatre Address: 127 West Main Street • Abingdon, VA 24210
Mailing Address: PO Box 867 • Abingdon, VA 24212

Box Office
Fax 276.619.5466
Box Office Hours:
Monday—Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
*Extended hours for evening performances.

Barter Stage II and The Barter Café
110 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210

Administrative and Education Offices
160 Cummings Street
Abingdon, VA 24210
Fax • 276.619.3335
Administrative Hours • Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

Request a Brochure


Parking is available in the Barter Theatre lot on Main Street, across from the main stage and adjacent to Barter Stage II (entrance is off of Partington Place, just past The Martha Washington Inn and Spa.

Street parking is also available in marked spaces on Main Street and in unmarked spaces on Valley Street, which runs parallel to Main Street and immediately behind Barter’s main stage.

Motorcoach parking

Unload passengers on the right side of Main Street for Barter Theatre, across from the theatre (just after the Martha Washington Inn's drive and before Partington Place); crosswalks are right there for passengers to cross street.

To park motorcoach or vehicle: immediately turn right onto Partington Place and left into Barter's parking lot adjacent to Barter Stage II and The Barter Café. Motorcoach parking is towards the back of the parking lot.

Handicapped accessible parking

Handicapped accessible parking is available in front of both theatres on Main Street and in our parking lot. Look for the marked spaces.

Bob's at Barter


Enjoy a completely remodeled dining space at Barter Stage II! Bob's at Barter features new flooring, paint and light fixtures, as well as intimate seating arrangements for comfortable conversations and a more sophisticated decor.  Bob’s at Barter is a cozy spot with a great ambiance. It’s the perfect place to warm up with a cup of coffee, sit down for a light meal, or linger and chat before and after seeing a Barter production.

Bob's offers free Wi-Fi Access, and is open everyday including open late after evening performances. Bob's is located on Barter Square adjacent to Barter Stage II.

Our NEW Menu

We're now featuring new items like a grilled cheese caprese sandwich; spinach salad with strawberries, candied pecans and blue cheese; stuffed mushroom Florentine; a black bean burger and roasted tomato bruschetta. We’ve kept some long-time customer favorites too, like the Porterfield Club sandwich and grilled cheese and PB&J for the kids.

Full Menu Coming Soon!


Sunday 11:00am – 10:00pm
Monday 11:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Friday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Saturday 11:00am – 11:00pm
To better serve our customers, we will extend our closing hours if there is a scheduled performance.

Play With Your Food!

Discount packages pair tickets and Bob's!

The Sweet Deal - $85 To book call the Box Office at (276) 628-3991

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production.
  • 2 Gourmet Desserts at Bob's at Barter.
  • 2 Specialty Coffees.

The Whole Shebang - $100 To book call the Box Office at (276) 628-3991

  • 2 Tickets to a Barter Theatre production.
  • 2 Meals at Bob's at Barter.
  • 2 Gourmet Desserts.
  • 2 Specialty Coffees.

Click here for additional packages with our partners. 

Contact Bob's

110 West Main Street Abingdon, VA

Fax: 276.619.5829
Call in or fax your take-out order!


Bring your group to Barter Theatre for an experience they’ll never forget!

Groups from Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and many other states make Barter a part of their annual vacation planning. Any group of 15 or more qualifies for special rates. Plan your trip for your family reunion, birthday, office party, school group or just 15 of your favorite people.

  • Special rates for groups of all kinds
  • Enhance your experience with actor talkbacks or a behind the scenes tour for a nominal charge
  • Easy access for everyone in your group, including ramp entrances, fully handicapped accessible buildings, assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired, and easy drop-off points in front of the theatres.

Ask about our Meal Deals for your group! Barter Theatre offers three delicious Meal Deals featuring top-quality food from The Barter Café for your group to enjoy.

Click here to download the Meal Deals order form.

Contact our Group Sales Department today!

Tours & Talkbacks

Group Tours

Bring your group to see a show at Barter Theatre, and add on tour of Barter for a minimal fee!  This behind-the-scenes tour is appropriate for groups of any age, from elementary school to adults. We offer two different tours, so pick the tour that most interests your group.


Learn the history of the second oldest regional theatre in the country and see what goes on behind the curtains with a History/Backstage Tour of Barter Theatre.

Or, see how a show is created by touring Barter Theatre’s rehearsal halls, costume shop and prop shop with our Production Tour.

All of the Tours are conducted by a Barter Theatre staff member and are approximately one hour long. Please note that both tours require walking and going up & down stairs. Handicap accessible tours are available.

To add a tour to your group’s visit, contact our Group Sales department at 276.619.5406 or

Learn the history of the second oldest regional theatre in the country and see what goes on behind the curtains, then see how a show is created by touring Barter Theatre’s production buildings. Tours are approximately two hours long. Please note that the tour requires walking and going up & down stairs.

Cost is $10 to the general public; free to qualifying donors.


Where to Eat

Bob's at Barter!

Newly renovated cafe located just across the street from Barter Theatre and adjacent to Barter Stage II. Enjoy a delicious lunch of sandwiches, salads or hot soup. Also perfect for an after-dinner gourmet dessert or flavored coffee. Now serving Anthoy's Desserts. Open before and after the show with free wi-fi.

Barter's Sweet Deal package includes dessert, coffee and tickets for $85. Call (276) 628-3991 to purchase. Gift certificates are available. 


Damascus Old Mill Restaurant and Inn

Walking distance from the Creeper Trail shuttle in the quaint town of Damascus. Private inn with full service restaurant and pub on the banks of the Laurel Creek overlooking Old Mill waterfall. Only 14 miles to Barter Theatre.

215 West Imboden Street, Damascus, VA


Harvest Table Restaurant

At the Harvest Table our chefs create recipes designed to highlight quality and freshness with the best of each season’s produce and meats from local and regional sources. We pride ourselves on being the most dedicated farm to table restaurant in Southwestern Virginia. Stop in for lunch or dinner and we guarantee a unique and positive dining experience.
Present your Barter Theatre ticket stub for 10% off your entire purchase.

13180 Meadowview Square, Meadowview, VA

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See why "It's Always Playtime in Abingdon."

Where to Shop

Arts Depot

Non-profit gallery with working artist studios in a 19th century freight station. Exhibitions feature regional artists. Artists work in watercolor, weaving, ceramics and acrylics, and are pleased to discuss their work. Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and by appointment. Free Admission.

314 Depot Square, Abingdon, VA 24210

Barter Theatre’s Gift Shops

Located at Barter’s Main Stage and Stage II. Offering Barter Theatre apparel and souvenirs, as well as show memorabilia. Featuring unique and affordable costume jewelry from all over the world. Gift certificates and gift baskets are available.

Heartwood, Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway

Heartwood is your gateway to Southwest Virginia craft, music, food, and local culture. Shop crafts by local artisans, juried to be the best of the best, and the most complete collection of The Crooked Road old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music. Meet artisans and musicians at live events and in interactive exhibits. Get a personal welcome to Southwest Virginia's heritage, craft, music, outdoor recreation, scenic beauty. Relax in the coffee and wine bar, featuring locally roasted coffees and regional wines. Enjoy local food prepared with upscale flair in our restaurant.

One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210

Holston Mountain Artisans Shop

Finely made regional hand crafts, books, CDs, jams and jellies for sale at the retail shop of the 43 year old cooperative located inside the 1903 repurposed county jail building. Classes and events scheduled throughout the year. Open Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 5:30 PM, Sundays 1 to 5 PM.

214 Park Street, Abingdon, VA 24210

A Likely Yarn

Offering yarns, tools, patterns, accessories, classes, publications and gifts. The shop also offers classes for all skill levels. Hours are Monday noon to 5 pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 7 pm. Within walking distance from Barter Theatre!

213 Pecan Street, Abingdon, VA 24210

Where To Stay »

Where to Stay


Comfort Inn

The smoke-free Comfort Inn® hotel is off Interstate 81, Exit 14. Whether traveling to the Abingdon, Virginia area for business or pleasure, the award-winning Comfort Inn hotel offers warm hospitality in a quiet and friendly setting. Your Morning Breakfast is full of hot and delicious options, making breakfast at the Comfort Inn the perfect way to start your day. Enjoy our free hot breakfast featuring eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit and more, including your choice of hot waffle flavors! Our outdoor seasonal pool is great to cool off in.  Free WIFI included with all rooms. 

Check out our Appalachian Arts Package

(276) 676.2222

Comfort Suites

Enjoy a wealth of amenities in a convenient location when choosing the Comfort Suites® in Abingdon, VA. Our non-smoking hotel is ideally located in close proximity to many area attractions, right of I-81 exit 14.  Stretch out and get refreshed in our guest suites then enjoy our full hot breakfast buffet! If you're leaving before 6, a Your Suite Success™ Grab & Go bag is available. After working out in the fitness center, take a plunge in our year round heated indoor pool or relax in the hot tub. Keep connected with free WIFI in all guest rooms, or travel light and use our business center

(276) 698-3040

Click here for info on our Appalachian Arts Package with Comfort Suites and Comfort Inn.

Damascus Old Mill

Walking distance from the Creeper Trail shuttle in the quaint town of Damascus. Private inn with full service restaurant and pub on the banks of the Laurel Creek overlooking Old Mill waterfall. Only 14 miles to Barter Theatre.

Ask Barter Theatre about our Bike and Barter Package!

215 West Imboden Street, Damascus, VA

Hampton Inn

We strive to ensure every guest has a wonderful experience while visiting the Abingdon area. We offer a deluxe complimentary continental breakfast, as well as many in-room amenities and an outdoor pool. Free wireless, high-speed Internet.

340 Commerce Drive Abingdon, VA 24210

Holiday Inn Express

Located just off Interstate 81, exit 19. Ask about Barter Theatre about our "Stay and Play" package. Newly renovated large, spacious rooms have all the comforts of home. Hair dryers, coffee makers and iron/ironing boards in every room. Friendly, award winning staff. We treat our guests with the best southern hospitality around. Stay smart; Stay with Holiday Inn Express!

I-81/Exit 19 • 940 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA

The Martha Washington Hotel & Spa

Located directly across from Barter Theatre, “The Martha,” now offers the newly completed natatorium, with its brick facade matching the timeless décor of the building. French doors and a retractable roof let you enjoy the sun and beautiful pool no matter what the season. The Spa at The Martha features beautifully appointed treatment rooms, the latest in equipment technology plus an adjoining fitness area. Also visit The Gallery at The Martha, a gallery featuring local fine artists. Ask Barter Theatre about our Special Occasion Package with discount theatre tickets and a 3 course meal!

150 West Main Street, Abingdon, VA

Where to Stay

Bed & Breakfasts

Creeper's End Lodging

Walking distance from the Creeper Trail shuttle in the quaint town of Damascus. Private inn with full service restaurant and pub on the banks of the Laurel Creek overlooking Old Mill waterfall. Only 14 miles to Barter Theatre.

Ask Barter Theatre about our Bike and Barter Package!

215 West Imboden Street, Damascus, VA

Inn on Town Creek

Located on four acres of beautifully landscaped property, one block from the historical district. Brick patio and rock gardens provide tranquil privacy; air-conditioned, antique-filled rooms and the cordiality of the innkeepers offer a peaceful getaway. Near fine dining, shopping galleries and entertainment. Ample parking. Smoking outside. Children ages six and over.

445 East Valley Street, Abingdon, VA

Shepherd's Joy

Historic District; Restored Queen Anne country-style Victorian home; In-town farm; Gracious and warm hospitality; Innkeeper's childhood home; P. Buckley Moss collection; air-conditioned, spacious bedrooms with queen-sized beds and private baths; Wraparound porch. Gourmet breakfast served in the formal dining room.

254 White's Mill Road, Abingdon, VA

Summerfield Inn

Abingdon’s premier B&B lodging, centrally located in the Historic District. Walk to Barter Theatre, restaurants and shops. Seven spacious guestrooms, in-room baths, whirlpools, robes, afternoon refreshments. Large parlors, antiques, wrap-around porch with swing & rockers. Gourmet Breakfast, early coffee/tea. Midweek and Weekend Barter Theatre Packages. Creeper Trail biking arrangements. Corporate rates.

101 Valley Street NW Abingdon, VA

The Emory House

The Emory House represents Abingdon's peaceful countryside B&B choice in the quaint neighboring village of Emory. Nestled among stately boxwoods and towering evergreens, our B&B sits majestically across from Emory & Henry College, only 6 miles from Abingdon. We offer 4 delightful and spacious guest rooms with private baths, a beautiful and inviting parlor, as well as several relaxing outdoor seating areas and charming covered porches. Additionally, the B&B is distinguished by a fascinating Revolutionary War cabin which comfortably accommodates 8 guests. A gourmet breakfast and afternoon refreshments are served daily.

30461 Oxford Avenue, Emory

The Millsap-Baker Estate

Enjoy the beauty and splendor of life over 100 years ago. Fall in love with the historic Millsap-Baker Estate and a bygone era as you celebrate a relaxing vacation. This Queen Anne Victorian home, first build by our great-great uncle in 1895, has now been fully restored and furnished in the grand style of the period. You'll notice every detail welcomes you; inside you'll be embraced by magnificent antiques and warm seclusions, and outside by the natural beauty of the Virginia mountains.

32026 Hollyfield Road, Damascus, VA

White Birches Inn

Voted First by inn goers as one of the Top 15 Bed & Breakfasts in the U.S.–Arrington's Book of Lists. Historic District with private baths, oversized whirlpool tubs, in-room fireplaces, courtyard with koi pond, gazebo, upscale accommodations, Barter Theatre packages, Creeper Trail arrangements and corporate rates.

268 White's Mill Road, Abingdon, VA

Where to Stay

Vacation Rentals

Park Street Guest House

Two suites with queen beds and full private baths, hardwood floors with vintage Oriental carpets, full kitchen with granite counters atop cherry cabinets, icemaker, dishwasher, laundry. No steps at all and a one-level floor plan for comfort and safety. Eclectic, whimsical, artistic, unique...with an emphasis on comfort, convenience and privacy. Park Street Guest is truly the hub of your Abingdon experience. Only 2 blocks from Barter Theatre, VA Creeper Trail, dining and shopping on Historic Main Street, it's ideal for business, family or exploring, recreating or catching up with your favorite hobby or book. (WARNING: A world-class yarn shop lurks just around the corner!!) Coffee in your bathrobe or a creative/business conference at the big table? Of course! Bikes in the A.M. and Barter in the P.M.? Why not? PB and J on the porch or a catered event for 50? If you wish! Resting, reuniting, reacquainting; by all means....since we only rent to one family or group at a time, you're the boss.

2 nights to six months. Seasonal rates vary.

134 Park Street • Abingdon, VA

Where to Stay

Area Information

Area Information

Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau

Stop by the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau to find out more about why “It’s Always Play Time in Abingdon.” Located just off Exit 17 on I-81, the Visitors Center is open to visitors from 9am-5pm daily with plenty of information regarding attractions, events, lodging, restaurants, and much more. Our friendly staff will help make your visit to Abingdon a memorable one.

335 Cummings Street, Abingdon, VA