Jezebel Goad, daughter of the Carroll County Clerk, ran to the courtroom when she heard gunfire soon after 8 a.m. on March 14, 1912. The courthouse is in Hillsville, Virginia. She saw her father and recognized immediately that he was in extreme danger. She grabbed his arm and attempted to pull him from the room but he pushed her away and continued shooting.
Jezebel noticed someone was holding the door and preventing members of the jury and others from getting away. She grabbed the individual by the arm and pulled him from the door. Several jurymen quickly scampered through the doorway and escaped. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, Part 4→
Floyd Allen went on trial March 13, 1912, for interfering with Carroll County deputies Pinky Samuels and Peter Easter in the performance of their duties.
Floyd hired David W. Bolen and Walt Tipton to defend him in court. Bolen was a former judge. The two men who he considered his greatest enemies, Commonwealth Attorney William M. Foster and Court Clerk Dexter Goad, were involved in his prosecution.Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout Part 3→
Sid and Wesley Edwards were indicted by the Carroll County Virginia Grand Jury for disturbing public worship, a misdemeanor, outside Rev. Garland Allen’s church in May of 1911.They were both in their early twenties. Rev. Allen was their uncle.
The two young men went to the home of their uncle Floyd Allen who had been like a father to them after the death of their own father. Mr. Allen could readily and easily pay the moderate fine but he wanted to look into the matter because the other youths who participated in the ruckus were not charged. He advised Sid and Wesley to cross over into North Carolina. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout, Part 2→
Sid and Wesley Edwards were both in their early twenties as they sat near the back of the school house on a Sunday morning in 1911. Their uncle Garland Allen, a Baptist minister, was preaching in rural Hillsville, Virginia.
Sid and Wesley were singing along with the congregation before the preaching commenced. Sid instinctively looked back when he heard someone at the door soon after hearing horses arrive. His eyes met those of a young man by the name of Thomas. Continue reading The Hillsville Courthouse Shootout→
The state of Virginia acquired the Natural Tunnel and 100 surrounding acres in Scott County in 1967. In 1971 an additional 850 adjoining acreage was acquired and the Natural Tunnel State Park was opened.
Called the Eighth Wonder of the World by 4-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, Natural Tunnel has attracted thousands of visitors to the area for over a century. Natural Tunnel was thousands of years in the making as groundwater dissolved limestone and other material. Stock Creek took the path of least resistance, through the cave on its way to the Clinch River, after the tunnel was formed. Continue reading Circuit riding preachers were challenged and determined→
It was no secret that Bad Talt Hall was making a list of men “he wanted dealt with after his demise.” The famous author, John Fox Jr., was told he was on the list and asked Hall’s priest to suggest that he would be more honorable to include in his confession that he didn’t want any further criminal action done on his behalf.