It was a mild and balmy May evening when services ended at Culbertson’s Chapel, in Nickelsville, Virginia. Everson “Red” Collins attended and afterward visited with friends at the home of Kelly “Buster” or “Buck” Vermillion.
The area surrounding Williams Mill in Scott County, Virginia, has seen many changes in the past century. Perhaps the most notable is the demolition of several historic houses in the 1970s to make way for new land development.
The case of Reuben Herndon is often mentioned as one instance of the “ordeal of blood” in Virginia’s history, but unfortunately, no evidence can be found to support this long-held belief. Still, the case remains a fascinating glimpse at justice in Virginia just after the Civil War.