Fireman's Field and Bush Tabernacle
Welcome to Fireman’s Field – Purcellville’s “Field of Dreams”
The 13-acre Fireman’s Field park is located in the heart of the Purcellville Historic District and contains the last remaining vestiges of “Dillon’s Woods,” the Town’s most significant remaining urban forest populated with trees ranging in size from small dogwoods to majestic centuries-old white oaks.
The park includes two baseball fields with the main one selected as the site of the Babe Ruth League World Series in 2013, the sixth time the youth baseball organization has chosen Purcellville as a World Series destination.
Today, Fireman’s Field park hosts numerous events, concerts, receptions, antique fairs, roller skating parties and is home to the annual Loudoun Grown Expo, Music and Arts Festival, Wine and Food Festival, and sports activities. The Fireman’s Field property is listed on the state and national registers of historic places.
The Town of Purcellville is proud to announce that the Purcellville Cannons will be playing their home games at Fireman's Field. Visit www.purcellvillecannons.com for more information!
The Historic Bush Tabernacle (skating rink) at Fireman’s Field is a unique eight-sided structure that was once the largest building in Loudoun County until the construction of Dulles Airport in 1962. The Bush Tabernacle is managed by a non-profit through a lease arrangement with the Town. Visit www.bushtabernacle.com for more information about activities at the Tabernacle.
Fireman’s Field park, including the Historic Bush Tabernacle, is owned by the Town of Purcellville. The Town worked with the previous owner, the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company, to place a permanent conservation easement on the 13-acre property through the state Department of Historic Resources, a crucial step that will protect the property in perpetuity.
Constructed in 1903 to host the annual “bush meeting” of the Prohibition and Evangelical Association of Loudoun County, the Tabernacle is one of only three such bush meeting structures remaining in the Commonwealth. A major renovation by the Town in 2009 included several green, environmental design elements such as an innovative geothermal HVAC system, metal roof with recycled materials, LED and high-efficiency lights that use less electricity, added insulation to lower the HVAC demand, and water conserving fixtures. These green features along with the repairs and alternations will contribute to the successful operation of the Tabernacle for many years to come.
Information containing great historic facts and photos:
Northern Virginia History