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Stoneman’s Raid at Rotherwood

In December 1864, Stoneman's Raid into Southwest Virginia was an effort to cripple the northern portion of the Confederacy. The raid went from Bean

The Rotherwood Elm

An old elm once stood near the location of the original Rotherwood house. The tree was legendary until its death in the 1940s.

Rotherwood after the Phipps

Rotherwood ownership is sketchy for a time. There was one mention in 1902, when newspapers reported Henry Feagins died at Johns Hopkins hospital in

The Phipps Come to Rotherwood

Tracing Rotherwood's ownership is a formidable task, but it's possible to create a general outline. Ross sold the property to the Phipps family in

Rotherwood Begins with Ross

The history of Rotherwood goes back to the 1810s. For a long time, the area was called "Old Kingsport.

Rotherwood’s Infamous Folklore

[This "folklore" has been gathered from many sources across the internet over a number of years.] The Rotherwood Mansion, located beside the Netherland Inn

Fact vs. Folklore: The Rotherwood Mansion

Rotherwood is a legendary home in Hawkins County, Tennessee. It's known as a true plantation house, one of the last remaining structures of its

Princess Kahina of Scott County

Kahina was an African Princess who began life as the daughter of a powerful king. Warriors from a rival tribe discovered her walking far

Oliver Vermillion’s Silent Bones

Oliver Vermillion was a wealthy man in the 1820s. He lived in the Thompson's Ford area of Nicklesville, Virginia.

The Ordeal of Blood

This historic practice goes by many names: Bier's Test, Bier-Right, Trial by Touch, Ordeal of Blood, Blood-test, Covenanting by Blood, and many others that