Henderson Hall presentation set

Photo Provided George Washington and Elizabeth Ann Tomlinson Henderson in 1859.

MARIETTA – Henderson Hall Plantation will be the topic at the next regular meeting of the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 230 Second St.

Pamela Douglas Brust, volunteer researcher, historian and author at Henderson Hall Plantation, will present “The Henderson Family Through the Civil War Years.”

On the advice of his friend George Washington, Alexander Henderson purchased 25,000 acres of land in Western Virginia and sent his three sons to the Mid-Ohio Valley to manage the property in the late 1700s.

The family prospered here and its history includes associations with prominent figures in American history, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Harman Blennerhassett, Aaron Burr, John James Audubon, John Chapman and Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The Henderson family was divided by the Civil War. Family patriarch George Washington Henderson was a slave owner and an ardent supporter of the Union. He was a representative to the Constitutional Convention in Wheeling which led to West Virginia’s creation as a state in 1863.

His son enlisted in the Union army while other family members supported the Confederate cause.

Brust will outline the concerns that the Henderson family faced as complex events unfolded in the Mid-Ohio Valley during this tumultuous period.

She is a native of Athens and earned a degree in journalism from Ohio University. Brust spent more than a year contributing to a grant-funded research project dedicated to reading and cataloging the Henderson family archives, which includes personal letters, business ledgers, journals, diaries, deeds, wills and other legal documents.

After completing the project, Brust volunteered to serve as historian and research assistant at Henderson Hall. She subsequently wrote the first book about the Henderson family history, “The Hendersons, One Family’s Legacy,” which will be published this year.

All proceeds from the book’s sale will be used to fund historic preservation at Henderson Hall Plantation.

The meeting is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.

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