The Charles Addington Home

Location: On state Road 626, five miles west of Wise, and one half mile north of Big Laurel.

Date: About 1849

Owners: Charles Addington purchased from Benjamin Warder. 
He left it to his son, James Henderson Addington. 
James Henderson Addington sold to Daniel Gardner. 
Gardner sold to Thomas J. Addington, the present owner.

Description: The first building was a story-and-a-half hewn log building. Never weatherboarded or ceiled. It was torn down in 1916 by Daniel Gardner, who built a new house across the road. When Thomas J. Addington bought the property he moved the Gardner building across the road to the site of the original house. Addington now has under construction a new house on the site of the Gardner residence.

History: Charles Addington was a son of William and Elizabeth Stallard Addington and was born in Scott County, VA and died on his homeplace. He moved to Rocky Fork of Guest River about 1849, after his brothers, Joseph and John, had settled here. His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Ralph and Milly Wheatley Kilgore. Charles Addington was noted for his honesty of character. It is told how he once got up in death of night, caught and saddled his horse and rode six miles to Gladeville to return 5 cents to a merchant which had been given him by mistake in making change. And, it is said, that he would not lie under any circumstances. Once he told his wife to give him a cup and he would pick enough huckleberries to make a pie before he came back from the field. She handed him an old-fashioned tin cup which held a pint, enough for a pie for the two of them. Addington had seen a huckleberry bush loaded with ripe berries the day before, and thought there were plenty nearby. But he found them scarce. He hunted all day, and night found him on the head of Pound River
about six miles from home with his cup about two-thirds full. He put up with a settler there and next day continued his hunt for berries. As the sun was going down the second day he walked in home with the pint cup full of huckleberries and handed them to Betsey, his wife, with a simple "Here are the berries."

Source of Information: John B. Addington, E. J. Bond.


 
 
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