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Henderson Hall draws visitors with Ghosts of Christmas Past

Henderson Hall was full of visitors exploring the hall for the annual Christmas Evening at the Plantation tour on Saturday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

BOAZ — The historic Henderson Hall offered its fifth annual Christmas Evening at the Plantation tour on Saturday.

Henderson Hall was fully decorated for Christmas, complete with lights, trees and garlands.

The program included rooms open for wandering freely, live Christmas music and plenty of history. Attendees were able to learn about the deep and rich history associated with the home by talking with the volunteers representing each room.

Small plaques were in each room telling about the original pieces in each, such as furniture, books, toys and knick-knacks that had been with the home since the Hendersons lived there.

According to hall director Randy Modesitt, the Christmas event is the only time they take the ropes down and let visitors fully explore the home and all it has to offer. On Saturday, guests were able to get a closer look at many of those artifacts and documents without the barriers that are normally in place throughout the house.

Nancy Lauderman, from left, and Joan Coffey make yarn from wool and alpaca fleece at Henderson Hall’s fifth annual Christmas Evening at the Plantation tour on Saturday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

“We haven’t made it all the way up stairs yet, but so far it has been a really great experience, from the boat ride to arriving and being able to enjoy all this history,” said Don Schobert, of Baltimore, Ohio, who was attending with his wife Mary.

Schobert said he and his wife had been looking for something interesting to do, and saw an ad for the Plantation Christmas.

“We thought it looked like fun, and I’m glad we came out,” he said.

The hall was packed with people for the evening’s holiday event, many of who had never been to Henderson Hall before.

“This is our first time visiting the hall,” said Kelly Byrne, of Vincent.. “My husband really loves history, so I thought this would make a great date night,” said Byrne.

Musician Jesse DeBarr plays the guitar for attendees of the Henderson Hall’s fifth annual Christmas Evening at the Plantation tour on Saturday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

Byrne said she has never seen anything quite like Henderson Hall and loved how much of the interior was decorated with original pieces from the family.

“It is so cool to learn about how the Hendersons impacted the area and get such an accurate glimpse of their lives,” she said.

Regular tours of Henderson Hall are available Tuesday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The home is located at 517 Old River Road just south of Williamstown on W.Va. 14.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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