From 2011 to 2015, Virginia is commemorating the 150th anniversary, or the sesquicentennial, of the American Civil War (1861-1865). The Civil War was a dramatic time in our history, culminating in a divide between North and South not easily healed.
- Ongoing tours of the Fields-Penn House: We discuss the impact of Stoneman’s Raid, the burning of the Washington County Courthouse, and Mr. Fields’ service during the war
- Ongoing exhibit at the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia
- August 2-February 1, 2015: The William King Arts Museum will host “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia”, an exhibit on loan from the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. Please see the William King website for their hours and more information about programming during the exhibit.
From 1861 through 1865 Virginia stood at the center of a military and social revolution. How we define freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is directly related to the diverse experiences of the individuals who participated in the war. This exhibition encourages visitors to consider how a single event, separated from us by 150 years, so fundamentally reshaped American society that its impact is still experienced today. What was gained by the Civil War, what was lost, and what is left for us to resolve?
An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia consists of two 1,500 square-foot gallery traveling exhibitions—Waging War and Surviving War—that together feature over 200 objects and 17 state-of-the-art audiovisual programs.
- Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia
- Virginia Civil War 150 Website
- Read about Washington County, Virginia “Then and Now”
- Washington County, Virginia’s Civil War 150 Brochure & walking tour of Abingdon
- Civil War Traveler: Virginia’s Civil War Trails
In the News:
- Shea, James. “Virginia Commemorates 150th Civil War Anniversary.” TriCities.com. 2 April 2014.
Make sure you visit our Facebook page for weekly Civil War 150 Trivia relating to Abingdon and Washington County, Virginia!