Henderson Hall Opening for Season
Historic Henderson Hall opened for the season, Thursday, March 1, 2018. This “One of a kind Historical Treasure”, built by George Washington Henderson and his wife Elizabeth Tomlinson Henderson is filled with five generations of Henderson family artifacts and priceless treasures.
Looking ahead to the coming year, the hall will host the fourth annual Civil War Living History Day on Saturday, May 5, which again will be conducted by Carlin’s Battery Co. D.
June 9, the hall will hold its annual Henderson Tea, which will include a tour of the hall, great food, and an entertaining and educational presentation. This event has been a big hit in the past. Settings fill up quickly and participants enjoy an afternoon tea under the big tent. Cost for the tea is $25 per person.
The following weekend, June 16-17, the grounds will be full of Civil War reenactors and visitors. This amazing event brings over 100 reenactors from around the state and beyond to re-live the era of the Civil War. A Civil War camp is open for visitors to experience to walk through and talk with soldiers. Two battles will take place in the amphitheater like hill that over-looks the battle field, complete with cannons and Calvary on hand.
To complete the June events, Pioneer Antique Auto Club will hold its fourth annual Henderson Hall car show on June 23. This year, over 100 antique cars are expected to be on hand.
On Saturday, August 4, the Wood County Flywheelers will fill the grounds with antique engines and machinery. These noisy and incredibly interesting machines and engines would have once been used to aid men and women in their daily lives to complete tasks that before had to be completed by hand.
Beginning in November, the hall will be beautifully decorated for Christmas and will hold its Christmas at the Plantation on Saturday, December 9. This event will include tasty treats and live music. Docents will be available in each room to answer questions, tell a Henderson story, or just engage you in conversation. This is the only time during the year that all barriers are taken down and visitors can walk through the hall as if they were family members or visiting as family friends.
Henderson Park will be open in late spring. It is a quiet, peaceful, wooded area just below the old stone barn foundation. Our visitors may take the time to tour the hall and relax on the beautiful grounds of the property. Benches have been placed along walkways and conveniently located. Visitors are always welcome to sit on the back porch and “chew the fat” with our docents or fellow visitors.
Apple orchards are planned for the spring. There will be three orchards, each named for the three Henderson brothers who ran the once lucrative 2000 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 were sponsored by local individuals, families or organization. Many of the trees have been designated as memorial trees for loved ones. The hall will also be establishing bee colonies on the property this spring.
On the grounds are three Adeana Indian mounds, the remnants of the old three-story horse barn, the home of Henry Clay Henderson, known as Woodhaven, and an 85- foot hand dug, stone-lined well. Directly in front of the hall lies the old pathway where the Inner-Urban railway once passed. Just across the way is the Henderson Cemetery where five generations of Hendersons are buried.
We are excited to get the year under way and look forward to another record breaking season. The hall is open Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00. We are closed each Monday. For more information or to arrange a group tour, please contact the hall at 304-375-2129 or 304-481-5178. We are looking forward to your visit.