Quite a remarkable change is taking place on the back street of Tazewell. The house I knew as the Fielden and Hazel McNeely house is being torn down.
I know it was home to Judge Thomas W. Stone in the time after the Civil War up until 1888 when he advertised it for sale. It was said to be built in 1830 by James Weir and initials on the stone chimney are believed to be those of Peter Marcum.
Does anyone know the ownership before the Civil War? I took six years of music from Mrs. Hazel Stone McNeely and she held six piano recitals in the house those years. It soon will be gone from our site forever.
First of all thank you for all the time and effort you put into your website! I really enjoy the items you have in it and appreciate the "leg work" that you do so others who do not live local can enjoy these memories, pictures and other information.
I just found your article where the Old Weir house was torn down, I was absolutely stunned! Why was it torn down?! There are so few old places left! My sister and I always went by to see that house whenever we had the opportunity to come to Tazewell. I am really saddened by this! I am a descendant of Peter Marcum through his daughter Mary Ann so just knowing when I visited Tazewell I was seeing and walking the areas they once walked made them more real to me as my family does not have any pictures of them. Do you have any idea if anyone kept the PM from the fireplace chimney (hopefully, made a donation to the historic center)? OR especially didn't just throw it
away!!!! Please, don't tell me that the jail or some other old place is also going to be distroyed too!
Thank you for just lending an ear to my comments after the "shock"!
Again, I really do appreciate all your hard work and thank you for everything you do on your website.
Mary Lynn Lethcoe