Historic Henderson Hall to Open March 1, 2019

Historic Henderson Hall will open for the season March 1, 2019. 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 tourist season, we are partnering with the Valley Gem to bring visitors from Marietta to Henderson Hall. The boat will travel down the Ohio River each Tuesday and Thursday during the months of June, July, August and October and dock a short distance from the mansion. At the dock, visitors will board an old-time trolley and be taken to Henderson Hall. Following the tour, visitors will board the trolley for the return to Marietta. The route will include points of interest of historical significance, a tour through downtown Marietta and a return to the parking area.

Four Valley Gem dinner tours to Henderson Hall are planned. Two dinner cruises are scheduled for June 8, and August 3. A special Candlelight tour is scheduled for October 25, and a very special Christmas Evening at the Plantation dinner cruise is scheduled for Saturday, December14. For more information on all Valley Gem weekly and dinner cruises and to book an event, please visit the Valley Gem web-site at

Special events will be held throughout the season and will include a Civil War Living History Day, an antique auto show, a Civil War Reenactment, an antique engine show, and the annual Christmas at the Plantation. For a detailed list of our upcoming programs and dates, please visit our events section on this web-site.

Plans for the upcoming year include the addition of a glass blower’s kiln and regular glass blowing and blacksmithing demos, weaving demonstrations. In the fall, demonstrations on the making of apple cider and apple butter will be held.

Also available this spring will be a book on the Henderson family written by local historian and writer Pam Brust. The book traces the family from the patriarch of the family, Alexander Henderson Sr., a dear friend of George Washington, to the last Henderson to live at Henderson Hall. The book will be on sale at the hall and other outlets throughout the area. We will make note on this web-site and Facebook page the cost and date the book will be available for purchase.

Outdoor weddings and receptions are also available. For more information on costs, accommodations, and availability, please call 304-481-5178.

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 Henderson’s 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.

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