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Old Fields is an unincorporated community on the South Branch Potomac River in northern Hardy County, West Virginia, USA.

Old Fields, West Virginia
Old Fields is located in West Virginia
Old Fields
Old Fields
Old Fields is located in the United States
Old Fields
Old Fields
Coordinates: 39°8′5″N 78°56′59″W / 39.13472°N 78.94972°W / 39.13472; -78.94972Coordinates: 39°8′5″N 78°56′59″W / 39.13472°N 78.94972°W / 39.13472; -78.94972
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
CountyHardy
Elevation
804 ft (245 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
26845
GNIS feature ID1555262[1]

According to the Geographic Names Information System, Old Fields has also been known throughout its history as Indian Old Field, Indian Old Fields, and Oldfields.

HistoryEdit

The community was named for the fact the original town site was an Indian old field.[2]

Other buildings of interest in the vicinity include Old Fields Church (1812; the second-oldest church in West Virginia), the Garrett Van Meter House (1835), Willow Wall (1812), Buena Vista (1836), built for William T. Van Meter (killed in Gen. Wade Hampton’sBeefsteak Raid” behind Union lines near Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864), and Traveler’s Rest (1856; constructed for Garrett Van Meter’s three unmarried sisters: Ann, Rebecca, and Susan).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Old Fields, West Virginia
  2. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 457.