Pennington Gap Virginia
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Town of Pennington Gap VA
The small rural town of Pennington Gap in Lee County in Southwest Virginia sits at the base of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains.
Constructed in 1933, Leeman Field was the largest enclosed baseball field in the world for two and a half decades. The ball field encompassed 15 acres with a high board fence and sheltered hundreds of fans in a wooden grand stand.
Facilities at the 33 acre park now include: swimming pool, picnic pavilions, playground, sports fields, horse show ring, amphitheater, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, volleyball pit, fairgrounds, and tractor pull. A walking track around Leeman will soon extend across the river and join the Greenway along the river to a local shopping area.
Located just off U.S. 421 North in Pennington Gap, Leeman Field is open year-round and is within one mile of our scenic Stone Face Rock.
It’s home to Independence Day and New Year’s eve celebrations and fireworks, and Christmas Fantasy in lights from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day.
The Tobacco Festival is an official designated stop on The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.
History of Pennington Gap VA
The County was formed out of Russell County in 1793. It was named for a Governor of Virginia, Light Horse Harry Lee, the father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Parts of Lee County, Russell County and Washington County, were combined in 1814 to form Scott County. Parts of Lee County, Russell County and Scott County were combined in 1856, to form Wise County.
Lee County shares Cumberland Gap National Historic Park with Kentucky and Tennessee. The Cumberland Gap was the principal route through the mountains that Native Americans and early European settlers used to travel to the west and the south. Daniel Boone’s son was killed by Indians here.
Lee County is dependent largely on growing tobacco and mining coal.
The county seat is Jonesville.
Pennington Gaps Highlights
- Daniels Boone’s Son
- Cumberland Gap
- Jonesville Methodist Campground
- Martins Station
- Indian Mound
- White Rocks
- Cumberland Gap National Park/Hike to Hensley’s Settlement
- Wilderness Road State Park, Ewing
- Stone Face Rock, Pennington Gap
- Coal Miners Memorial, St. Charles