Historical Interpreter To Perform At Paxton House Fundraiser

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The Paxton House Historical Society’s annual fundraiser dinner on May 31 will feature entertainment by historical interpreter Shelley Hendry and dinner catered by the Southern Inn.

The event’s program looks at the lives of Rachel Paxton Buckner and Hannah Elizabeth (Lizzie) White Paxton, who both faced challenges and widowhood in 1860s Rockbridge County.  Historical interpreter Shelley Hendry will speak for Rachel and Lizzie.

Rachel was the only daughter of Elisha and Margaret Paxton.  After the death of her husband, John W.E. Buckner, she returned to the Paxton House with her four children and lived with her father, Elisha.  She died in 1865 at the age of 40.

Lizzie White Paxton was the daughter of wealthy Lexington merchant Matthew White, and the wife of Elisha and Margaret Paxton’s fifth son, Elisha Franklin “Frank” Paxton.  The future looked bright for Lizzie and Frank, until the arrival of the Civil War. In 1863, Frank was killed while leading the Stonewall Brigade at Chancellorsville, leaving behind Lizzie and three young sons. After the war, Lizzie sold the family home, Thorn Hill, and moved in with her mother, Mary McChesney White.

Lizzie died in 1872 at age 40.

The event will take place at the Paxton House in Glen Maury Park. Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased by May 15.  For more information, call Linda Flint at 261-7188 or send email to wdflint@embarqmail.com for tickets or information.

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