Enon Hall


This description of Enon Hall is attributed to Margaret Hathaway Riddleberger, daughter of Walter Ennis Hathaway (1862 - 1917), and was included in "Hathaway and Lawson Families of Virginia" compiled by Virginia McComb in 1950.

"Enon Hall is beautifully located. The Antipoison Creek wraps around it, making coves and inlets. In the creek are crabs, oysters and fish. It contained about 500 acres. The original land lying west of this was swampy so it was sold and several fields to the east bought. We raised wheat, corn and hay. Also good fruit and vegetables, and a number of cattle, sheep and hogs and fowl. The first house had 4 rooms with a wide hall running through the downstairs. It has a small portico with benches on each side. The dining room was in the basement and the kitchen in the yard. Grandfather (Henry Straughan Hathaway, 1826 - 1892) added the end room and half. Papa (Walter Ennis Hathaway, 1862 - 1917) raised it. Grandfather then built two rooms in the back and Papa added two more, the kitchen, pantry, and upstairs a bedroom for him and a small one I used, until his second marriage. Its a wonderful place for children to play, toy boats in the creek, the shores sloped gently. I used to ride through the woods playing I was a Confederate Scout. The Slave quarters were on a point known as Quarter Point. There was an orchard all around and then the stables. We had a large yard with big mulberry and aspen trees. Also several coffee trees and maples. At one time there was a small formal garden off from the Parlor. I can't remember it, but my aunt does and has promised to get her son-in-law to draw a scale model for me and she will fill in the flowers used.

"We have a ghost, a white dog who came to warn us of trouble. Also a curse. The story is a Gypsy woman was causing a disturbance in a village store and Grandfather ordered her out. She put a curse on him and his descendants. Sometimes I think it works, for so many of them have nearly reached greatness and then died.

"Papa used to tell so many stories about his (grandfather's) childhood (Henry Straughan Hathaway) and his own (Walter Ennis Hathaway). The Yankies stole his "blue pig" and his body servant. Allen was the servant. He would sit by Papa when he was put to sleep and tell his stories. Allend would start to doze and Papa would say, 'Talk more Allen.' Allen outlived Papa. He came to Enon Hall to see my son and to hold him in his arms. The negroes loved Papa and spoke of him as his 'white, earthly Jesus.' He helped them start business, build houses. Saw they got a fair deal in every way. After his death a colored man he defended in a murder trial and acquitted came to see me and cried like a baby."

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