Prince William County Homes – Hazelwood, Truro and Herndon House

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Prince William County, Virginia Homes

Hazelwood, Truro and Herndon House

Hazelwood, set on a broad rise and overlooking a meadow, is a frame house in two sections.  the main part, two-and-a-half-storied, is not as old as a two-story wing that ends at a fine massive chimney with buttresses receding from a 19-foot base.  The thick brickwork is pierced in the center by a small window and partly hollowed out from the interior to form cupboards.  Herndon is a three-room log cabin still standing over the hill.  Hazelwood, Truro, and the Herndon House were all built on Richard Foote’s 7,500-acre portion of the Brent Town Tract, which lay partly in present Prince William and partly in present Fauquier.  Richard Foote (1666-1729), who came to Virginia to represent the interests of his father, settled in the Chotank coommunity.  He divided the Foote portion of the Brent Town Tract among his five children.  Richard III (1704 – ) inherited the estate in Chotank and 2,200 acres of the Brent Town land and also his brother John’s portion of the large tract.  It was a son of this Richard III – Richard Foote IV (1729-1779) – who settled at Truro.  His wife was a great-granddaughter of Lawrence Washington, brother of George Washington’s ancestor, John the immigrant.

The most distinguished of the Footes was the Honorable Henry Stuart Foote (1800-1880), who moved to Alabama and thence to Mississippi, where he was elected to the United States Senate and later defeated Jefferson Davis for the governorship.  Subsequently he served in the Confederate Congress.  He was the author of Texas and Texans, Scylla and Charybdis, and The Bench and Bar of the Southwest.  Unfortunately, however, Henry Stuart Foote was born in Fauquier County and was a grandson of George, the brother of Richard IV.

The following citizens of Prince William are buried in the Hazelwood and Truro graveyard:  Richard Foote IV (c. 1729-1779); Helen Foote (1776-1815); Lucy Foote (1771-1819); Maria Foote ( – 1784); George Colvin (1803-1873); Mary A. Colvin (1813-1880); Charles M. Colvin (1819-1841); John Calhoun Colvin (1845-1921), who “served his country from 1863 to 1865 as a brave Confederate Scout for  General Butler and Wade Hampton, enlisting at the age of 16 years”; and George Marion Colvin (1841-1862), “who lost his life in the confederate Army while in discharge of his duties as 1sst Lt. Prince William Cavalry, 4th Virginia Regiment”.

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