Henderson Hall has 4th annual program

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

The program included rooms open for wandering freely, hors d’oeuvres and apple cider, live Christmas music on the hammer dulcimer and bagpipes by Rodney Richie and a reading of the poem “Relic Day” written by Anna R. Henderson.

Attendees were able to learn about the deep and rich history associated with the home by talking with the volunteers representing each room.

“Every year we have tweaked the tours a little to make it special,” said Randy Modesitt, the director of Henderson Hall.

“This is the only time that we take down the barriers,” he said, referring to roped-off areas normally closed to visitors during tours.

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

“Every piece of furniture in the building is the original pieces that have been with the house since the Hendersons lived here,” said Ed Stoneking, a volunteer who has been giving tours since 1991.

“This is one of the most well preserved homes in America,” he said.

“Henderson Hall, occupied by five generations of the Henderson Family, is one of the most complete family collections of artifacts, furniture and documents in the United States,” said Stoneking.

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.

“It always amazes me to see just how much history lays inside of each room,” said Mark Lewis, of Parkersburg.

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.