|Address||517 River Road (St Rt 14)
Williamstown, WV 26107
|Phone||(304) 375-2129 or (304) 485-5446|
|Weekdays 12-5 pm
Saturday 12-5 pm
Sunday 12-5 pm
Tour Groups Welcome
Group & Private Tours by appointment call 304-375-2129 or 304-485-5446
|$5 per person|
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district unto itself, Henderson Hall offers an unprecedented untouched view of the early American Victorian Era. This elegant 8,000 square foot pre-Civil War Italianate mansion boasts 29 rooms as a centerpiece of a 2,600 acre plantation, horse breeding farm and river port. Spanning six generations and 200 years, the Henderson family homestead features original furnishings from the frontier life of the 1700s to the oil boom of the 20th century.
Virginia natives, the Hendersons were close friends and neighbors with George Washington. Their connection to the nation's founding fathers continued years later when Alexander and John G. Henderson thwarted the plans of the Vice President Aaron Burr and local land owner Harman Blennerhassett, by reporting to family friends (President Jefferson and Secretary of State Madison) Burr's plot to establish a separate nation in the southwest.
Original foundation stones remain of the mammoth barn that once served as the heart of this agricultural plantation. Out buildings for storage of horse drawn carriage and original schoolroom remains. The 85ft. stone-lined, dug water well remains outside the home's 1836 kitchen. Three Indian mounds are located on the property. A family cemetery is adjacent to the plantation. John James Audubon and John Chapman, the legendary frontier missionary/nurseryman known as "Johnny Appleseed," visited as guests.