Mechanicsville in Hanover County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Welcome to Pine Slash and the Honeymoon Cottage
The Honeymoon Cottage at Pine Slash is a rectangular 20-by-60-foot one-story building with three rooms, an attic, and a half cellar under the north end. The older part of the house, comprising the two northern-most rooms, dates to the mid 18th century. The third room was added to the structure about 1800. According to Shelton family tradition, the Henrys lived in the cottage at Pine Slash about six months before moving to Hanover Tavern, owned by Sarah’s father.
Henry opened a mercantile store in 1758, but it was unsuccessful. He closed the store in 1760, soon after obtaining his license as an attorney. While practicing law, Henry continued to farm the land at Pine Slash until he sold the property in
According to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Pine Slash represents a singular piece of this nation’s architectural history. It is the earliest and best vertical plank-walled construction building in the region. The construction was to be permanent and of relatively high quality with finishes to create genteel spaces in a more economical manner. The planks were weather boarded outside and finished inside with moldings to make them resemble more costly paneling. Pine Slash survives as a unique and valuable historic building.
Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) was the leading Virginia statesman in defending the rights of Colonial America.
Following Henrys death, John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson singing his praises: “In the Congress of 1774 there was not one member, except Patrick Henry, who appeared to me sensible of the Precipice or rather the Pinnacle on which he stood, and had the candour and courage enough to acknowledge it.”
Henry was the first elected governor of Virginia, a devoted father of 17 children, and the most famous orator of his day. Born in Hanover County, Henry made a name for himself as a young lawyer in the Parsons’ Cause at Hanover Courthouse in 1763. His 1765 resolutions against the Stamp Act articulated the basic principles of the American Revolution.
Known as the “Voice of the Revolution,” Henry’s political career included 26 years of service in the Virginia legislature and five terms as governor. He helped draft the Virginia Constitution of 1776 and its Declaration of Rights. A leading critic of the U.S. Constitution, Henry also strongly influenced the creation of the Bill of Rights. Following his death, Henry was buried at Red Hill Plantation, now the site of the Patrick Henry National Memorial.
Erected 2011 by The Road to Revolution Heritage Trail. (Marker Number 4.)
Location. 37° 39.468′ N, 77° 20.048′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Virginia, in Hanover County. Marker is at the intersection of Rural Point Road (Virginia Route 643) and Pine Slash Road, on the right when traveling north on Rural Point Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mechanicsville VA 23116, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Fighting at the Totopotomoy (approx. 0.6 miles away); Totopotomoy Creek (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rural Plains (approx. 0.7 miles away); Attacking the High Ground (approx. 0.7 miles away); Shelton House Under Fire (approx. 0.7 miles away); Totopotomoi (approx. 0.7 miles away); Totopotomoy Line (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Polegreen Church (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mechanicsville.
More about this marker. In the center is a photo of the cottage. Photograph courtesy of Virginia Department of Historic Resources Archive
Also see . . .
1. The Road to Revolution Heritage Trail.
2. Pine Slash (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places
Categories. • Colonial Era • Patriots & Patriotism •
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,090 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 2, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on August 28, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on September 2, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.