General Assembly's Heritage Trail
Denies 5 Years of Patrick Henry's Life
5 years of Patrick Henry's life spent at his Leatherwood
Estate in present day Henry County are omitted!
In 2007 the General Assembly of VA created 'The Road
to the Revolution Heritage Trail' (the Feds awarded
the state $250,000 in assistance) to mark sites important
in the life of Patrick Henry. The Trail was unveiled
on April 26, 2010 and included Scotchtown, Polegreen
Church, Rural Plains, Pine Slash and Red Hill - among
other sites significant in Henry's life. But there is
not even a hint of Leatherwood in Henry County
where Henry farmed tobacco from 1779 until 1784, between
his 3rd and 4th terms as Governor. Henry actually made
2 attempts at farming: at Pine Slash (300 acres estate)
around 1757 and the 5 years at Leatherwood (10,000 acres).
The project "will aid tourism in Virginia"
according to the Richmond Times Dispatch. Duh ... the
site of Leatherwood Plantation could use some of that
This from the Richmond Times Dispatch: "Del. Christopher
K. Peace, R-Hanover, played an integral role in getting
the legislation passed. As a native of Hanover, he said
'you obviously know who Henry is ... but I have learned
a lot since I've gotten involved with the trail creation.'
Do the Henry County Delegates in Richmond know who Henry is?
the Richmond Times Dispatch article here:
Read about Patrick Henry's life - including his years at Leatherwood - here:
Link to the Road to Revolution Heritage trail site is omitted here.
Links to the Patrick Henry and Red Hill sites are omitted here.
Leatherwood Creek History