High Point Students Explore the Streets of Historic Abingdon

Children looking at a lady as she tells a story.Underground Railroad simulations, Civil War re-enactments, ghost stories, and historic houses! All of these were part of the High Point Elementary fourth grade field trip to Abingdon, Virginia. The day started off wet and dreary, but slowly the sun began to slip from behind the clouds allowing the students to have an action-packed day of historic proportions.

Lisa McNeil, Washington County's gifted coordinator, arranged for the children to complete a three station rotation consisting of the Fields-Penn house guided tour, the Civil War display at the William King Arts Center, and a walking tour of downtown Abingdon. The students were met at the Fields-Penn house by a living history interpreter who was portraying Mrs. Fields; she proceeded to lead the class through each room of the house providing interesting bits of trivia and historical information about the Fields family who lived there during the 18th century. Students were then taxied to the William King Arts Center by bus to experience the Civil War gallery that is currently on display. Students were most interested in the simulated experience of a run-away slave. They had to make decisions that a slave would have been faced with along the dangerous trek to freedom. Many students stated that they would like to come back with their family and try to explore more of the display. Finally, students were led on a walking tour of Abingdon, Virginia where they observed the architecture of the time period. Many of the children were clearly amazed by the historic Tavern where ghosts have been known to “haunt” the three floors of the restaurant, which housed a hospital in its attic during the Civil War . This became a day that the students would never forget.

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Meredith Doane