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Mike Watson: Library was in the Miss Sallie Field House

The Columbia Library on Burkesville Street in house purchased by Dr. Samuel B. Field and had been the residence of a noted Columbia artist, Miss Sallie Field, who had studied art under the famed Zantippe Saunders in Louisville, KY
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By Mike Watson, Adair Co. Historian

When the Columbia Library moved from the Courthouse in the 1950s, it was located on Burkesville Street in the home commonly known as the Miss Sallie Field House. This old brick was purchased at an early date by her father, Dr. Samuel B. Field, and the second story added. He died in 1872, so the conversion was likely in the late 1860s. Miss Sallie lived on there until her death.


Bob Allender came to Columbia to be the Regional Librarian and first worked here. After construction of the Municipal Building, the library was moved and the Field house sold and removed. I have the fireplace surround and mantle from the parlor which was retrieved by Geneva Phelps and which she passed on to me for preservation.

Miss Sallie Field was a noted artist who is said to have studied in Louisville under the famed Xantippe Saunders. I know of no painting that has survived, but would love to hear from someone who has one I could see!

s/Mike Watson


This story was posted on 2011-03-14 16:37:01
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