The Ripley and Sutherland families of Hawkins County, Tennessee, were much like the Capulet and Montague families in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Sadly, the outcome of their struggles was also much the same.
Murder was not the end of Marble Hall. Eventually even the Blackley family moved on and other families took shelter within its ornate walls.
Blevins arrested Joe Harris without incident. The authorities searched his belongings and found Charles Brown’s wallet, containing $253.
As with many uncommon houses, Marble Hall inevitably gained an uncommon history. A wealthy farmer named John Brown purchased the home after Rice’s debtors sold it.
Marble Hall was constructed in 1846. The date was chiseled atop one of the marble drains.
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.
The Rotherwood Bridge has seen several incarnations, but one fact is true of them all: every crossing sees more action than perhaps any other bridge in the region.
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.
An old elm once stood near the location of the original Rotherwood house. The tree was legendary until its death in the 1940s.