16 Reasons to Visit in 2016: History

Sweet 16 MainIt’s February, and we are “sweet on” Fairview! Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing “16 Reasons for You to Visit in 2016”. We think you’ll love Fairview for many of the same reasons that we do!

Fairview is rich in history, and if you love history, Fairview should be at the top of your list when you visit Abingdon, Virginia. Although Fairview tells the story of the family who lived on site, the Hagys, Fairview’s history parallels the early history of the United States. Martin Hagy was a Swiss immigrant who came to the Pennsylvania colony looking for a better life. After fighting in the American Revolution, he moved his growing family to Virginia, settling in the Shenandoah Valley. In 1793, Martin moved his family to Abingdon, buying the nearly 600 acres of property which he christened “Fairview”. Ultimately, Martin’s son, Jacob constructed the cabin you see on site today. The Hagy family was lived the American dream.

IMG_0856Fairview’s story extends beyond the Hagy family, however. It parallels the Great Road, which brought Martin’s family south from Pennsylvania, and west through Virginia. At Fairview, you can see examples of furniture made along the Great Road.  Experience the colorful history of textiles, seeing how families produced their own clothing, linens, and rugs.

100_1108At Fairview, you can learn about the history of agriculture, from the hand and animal-powered tools of early farmers to the more modern equipment displayed in Fairview’s barns. Stop by during the spring or summer to see the ground being tilled and crops being planted and come back during the autumn for harvest. Tour our gardens and learn about their historical significance, from the three sisters garden favored by our Native American ancestors to a promise for the future, a butterfly garden.

History is what we live and breathe at Fairview, just one of the many reasons you should visit us in 2016. Want to set up a tour? E-mail us at fairview1815@gmail.com or call us at (276) 676-0216 for more information. Be sure to check out the flier for our February events!

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