Henderson Hall opens today
BOAZ — The historic Henderson Hall Plantation opens for the season today.
The early 19th century mansion on River Road off W.Va. 14 south of Williamstown was built by George Washington Henderson and his wife Elizabeth Tomlinson Henderson. It is filled with five generations of Henderson family artifacts and treasures.
With opening day today and looking ahead to the coming year, curators at Henderson Hall also released its 2018 schedule of evens.
Henderson Hall will host the fourth annual Civil War Living History Day on May 5. The event will be conducted by Carlin’s Battery Co. D, the sanctioned Civil War re-enactment group of the Wood County Commission.
On June 9, Henderson Hall will hold its annual Henderson Tea, which will include a tour of the hall, food, surprise entertainment and an educational presentation.
The following weekend on June 16-17, the grounds of Henderson Hall will be filled with Civil War re-enactors. Visitors can take a free tour of the hall and have an afternoon of food and entertainment.
The event draws re-enactors from around the state and beyond.
Completing June’s events on June 23 will be the Pioneer Antique Auto Club’s fourth annual Henderson Hall car show. More than 100 antique cars are expected to be on hand this year.
On Saturday, Aug. 4, the Wood County Flywheelers will fill the grounds with antique engines and machinery once used to aid men and women complete tasks that at one time had to be by hand.
Beginning in November, the hall will be decorated for Christmas and will hold its Christmas at the Plantation on Dec. 9.
In addition to these annual events, the hall will be planting 60 apple trees in three orchards, each named for the three Henderson brothers who ran the once lucrative 2,000-acre Henderson Farm.
The three brothers, Jock Bedell, Henry Clay and Arthur Taylor Henderson, were instrumental in the early development and growth of northern Wood County. Each tree to be planted in the orchards was sponsored by local residents or organizations with many of the trees being designated as memorial trees for loved ones.
The hall also will establish bee colonies on the property this spring.
Henderson Hall is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Group tours may be arranged by calling the hall at 304-375-2129 or 304-481-5178.