Fairview Cabin Orton with FrameWhat is your family’s history? Where did your ancestors live, work, and raise their families? At Fairview, learn about the Hagy family, a family whose history parallels the American experience. The Hagys were Swiss immigrants to the American colonies, served in the War for Independence, moved to Virginia along the Great Road, and planted their roots in Washington County, Virginia; their descendants were the founders of the Hagy Wagon Company in Abingdon. Experience what life was like for the Hagys and other nineteenth-century Southwest Virginia families. Learn about agricultural practices, from the grains and vegetables that supplied the family table to the flax that was woven into linen. Watch demonstrations of the “needle arts”—quilting, sewing, embroidery, and knitting. Take a lesson with a teacher and play popular nineteenth-century games. Discover how nineteenth-century practices from housekeeping, medicine, and cooking can be used in your home today. Play in the past…visit Fairview today!

Fairview circa 1898
Fairview circa 1898

In 1732, Johann Martin Hagy and his brother, Hans Georg Hagy, Swiss immigrants, came to the American colonies.  Martin settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, fought in the American War for Independence, and, in 1779, Martin moved his family south along the Great Road to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  In 1793, Martin purchased a large tract of land in Washington County, Virginia from Francis Walker, son of Thomas Walker, the famous surveyor who explored Southwest Virginia in the mid-eighteenth century.  When Martin died in 1812, his will divided his land between his two sons, David and Jacob.  The Fairview cabin is on Jacob’s property, constructed around 1815.  Jacob’s heirs later founded the Hagy Wagon Company in Abingdon.

At Fairview, we honor the legacy of the Hagy family, a heritage rich in craftsmanship, self-sufficiency, and agriculture.  We want to preserve the Hagy family’s history, a story that echoes the American dream.


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