Marrowbone Plantation

Marrowbone was built about 1759 by Robert Hairston (c.1717-c.1791). He was one of the four sons of Peter, the first Hairston to come to America. Peter Hairston and his four sons Robert, Peter, Andrew and Samuel arrived in Virginia about 1740. Robert built Marrowbone, the first Hairston family home in Henry County, Virginia, for his bride Ruth Stovall. The house was built on a lofty hill from which one could see for miles around. While most of the people in the area lived in log cabins. Marrowbone is a frame house and is believed to be the oldest frame house in the county. It has a graceful taircase, tall windows and ornamental woodwork, with smooth green lawns sloping down to Marrowbone Creek.  They formed three terraces, which were filled with flowers and bordered with boxwood. The shuttered windows also boasted circles of boxwood beneath each.


 Photo taken at family reunion in 1990 by Robert E. Hairston, Jr.

Robert Hairston and Ruth Stovall were married in Albermarle County in 1749. Robert represented Bedford County in the House of Burgesses and was a lieutenant in the French and Indian War. He was also one of the first sheriffs of Henry County being appointed in January of 1782. Robert and Ruth Hairston had twelve children, and the house was left to the oldest son George. It then descended from father to son to the fifth generation of George Hairstons.  

by Carolyn Henderson, Libba Johnson and Robert E. Hairston, Jr. -

Note:  Henry County was formed from Pittsylvania County in 1777 and Pittsylvania County was formed from Halifax County in 1767.  Therefore, if the house was built in 1759, it resided in three different counties in the 1700's.  The Hairston Family Reunion visited Marrowbone in 1990 and the home appeared to be in excellent condition.  There is a small graveyard near the house with a few old graves.