Board unveils state historic marker at Hanover Courthouse
Yesterday the Board of Supervisors unveiled a Virginia Department of Historic Resources marker dedicated to Martha Ann Fields and her family. Mrs. Fields was an enslaved person on the Nutshell plantation, which once encompassed the courthouse complex, who during the Civil War escaped with her children to Union lines and her freedom. The family settled in Hampton, pursued education and became leading citizens after the war. Among the guests at today’s ceremony were Ajena Rogers and her family. Ajena is a Hanover resident who is a descendant of Martha Ann Fields. The marker is located on the Courthouse lawn.