Brust to discuss Henderson duel from 1805
BELPRE — A duel fought in 1805 between two prominent Wood County men will be discussed 7 p.m. Tuesday at a meeting of the Belpre Historical Society at the Farmers Castle Museum and Education Center, 509 Ridge St.
The meeting is open to the public.
Pamela Douglas Brust, author of “The Hendersons, One Family’s Legacy,” will speak about the only recorded duel fought north of the Ohio River between Alexander Henderson, patriarch of the local Henderson family of Henderson Hall, and Stephen Wilson, both of Wood County.
The duel was held Oct. 8, 1805, in what was to become present-day Belpre.
Brust also will sell and sign the Henderson history book with all proceeds going to Henderson Hall.
The museum features hundreds of items and includes an old-time general store, exhibit barn, gift shop, Victorian-era room, genealogy room, an old-time photography studio, an Underground Railroad exhibit, a Dana family 1840s carriage, an old sleigh, photographs, memorabilia, antiques and a Scottish sword display. The Dick Thomas Annex also is full of history and artifacts.
The Farmers Castle Museum and Education Center is open 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through the end of October and is open other times by appointment. Groups are welcome for tours. Memberships for students, individuals, families and for businesses are available.
For more information call the museum at 740-423-7588 or Charlotte Powell, society president and museum curator, at 740 989-2764.