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A Community Tree

We are currently in the midst of the Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the American Civil War.  Often called the “War between Brothers”, the Civil War separated families physically and emotionally as family members often fought on separate sides of the war.  In 1864, the Civil War roared into Southwest Virginia.  Nearby Saltville, Virginia, as…

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What is “O Christmas Tree”?

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches! O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches! In beauty green will always grow Through summer sun and winter snow. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are your branches! The fourth annual  “O Christmas Tree” event begins on Saturday, November 29 (Small…

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Family Stories Month at the Fields-Penn

November is “Family Stories Month”.  Do you collect your family’s stories?  Before we discuss our project for “Family Stories Month” at the Fields-Penn House, our coordinator, Amy Looney, would like to share her experience with family history and the importance of collecting your family’s stories. As a young girl, I often shuffled between rooms during…

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Field Trips!

Did you know that October was National Field Trip month?  We love hosting school groups at the Fields-Penn House! Beginning in late September, the Fields-Penn House, along with the William King Arts Museum, began hosting a series of tours of fourth-grade students from Washington County, Virginia.  Students toured the exhibit “An American Turning Point:  The…

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A Change in Schedule

Time changed this Sunday, November 2, 2014, and with it, we have a change in schedule!  The schedule for the Fields-Penn House has also “fallen” back, by a day!  Our week now begins on Tuesday!  We will be open each Tuesday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Unfortunately, this means that we will no longer…

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Announcing “Sundays with Susan”

The Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum will host a series of special events this October.  On October 12, 19, and 26, visitors are invited to “Sundays with Susan”.  Coordinator for Abingdon’s Historic Properties Amy Looney will interpret Susan Fields, the wife of James Fields, the brick mason who built the Fields-Penn House.  “Susan lived in a…