A Community Tree

War Between Bros TreeWe 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 the “Salt Capitol of the Confederacy”, was a prime target for Union armies first under General Stephen Burbridge in October 1864 and then under General George Stoneman in December 1864.  The Union also attacked the Virginia and Tennessee railroad from Bristol to Wytheville, one of the final transport lifelines of the Confederacy.

At the Fields-Penn House, we ask that you commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War by donating ornaments for our community tree.  What does the Civil War and its legacy mean to you?  The Fields-Penn House would like to thank fourth-grade classes at Rhea Valley Elementary School for their wreath ornaments.  The red, white, and blue ornaments not only commemorate the soldiers of the “War between Brothers” but also reunite the colors of a country once divided but reunited.  We hope that this tree will continue to unite us…your votes for the tree represent our love for our brothers and sisters in our community.

O Christmas Tree continues through January 6, 2015 at the Fields-Penn House in Abingdon, Virginia.  For more information on the event, please contact us at fieldspennhouse@gmail.com or call (276) 676-0216.  Canned and nonperishable food items benefit Ecumenical Faith in Action‘s Stone Soup food pantry and pet food & supplies benefit the Animal Defense League of Washington County, Virginia.