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…

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…

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…

Do you love to read great history books?  At the Fields-Penn House, we love to learn about history—the history of the antebellum South, the culture of the Victorian era, and the Civil War.  We’re so excited about sharing our love of history with others that we’ve decided to start a book club!  The History Book…

New Hours at the Fields-Penn House

Effective September 1, 2014, the Fields-Penn House implemented a new schedule.  The museum will be open on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday afternoons 1 to 5 p.m.  If you can’t make it during our open hours, please contact…

Susan Fields Appears from the “Great Beyond”

August 2–The Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia hosted a Living History Cemetery tour of Sinking Springs Cemetery in Abingdon, Virginia.  Sinking Springs Cemetery, located on Russell Road, is the burial site of many of Abingdon residents, including James and Susan Fields.  James and Susan lie in the “Lower Penn” section of the cemetery, with…

Information for the Virginia Highlands Festival

It’s time to “Get Your Kicks” at the 66th annual Virginia Highlands Festival!  The Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum will operate on an extended schedule during the festival.  We will be open 10-6 on Monday-Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday afternoons!  We apologize, but due to an expected high volume of visitors, we are only able to offer self-guided…