The ruins of a magnificent stone house once stood high atop a bluff in the North Carolina pine forests, alongside the Cape Fear River. The decaying castle had two ghosts, that of an older English gentleman, the other was a beautiful young lady.
There is a site off Highway 11-W, just a few miles outside of Rogersville, Tennessee, that has been virtually forgotten. The obscurity, however, does not diminish its history or the events that took place there.
As is typical, the facts win in the story of Rotherwood. The structure has witnessed death, war, poverty, desperation, marauding soldiers, and it was nearly lost to the elements and the ravages of time.
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 Station, Tennessee, all the way in to Saltville, Virginia.