River Road Driving Tour
Creath House
14246 River Road
      The land on which Tacrea stands was part of a land grant from the King of England to William Harris. The original house, built circa 1740 of logs, consisted of two rooms and two half rooms.

      In 1764 Mr. Richard Kirby moved the house on skids from a point west where it was used as a house of mercantile. Mr. Kirby then built another house in front of the log home, consisting of a great room and two smaller rooms on the east side.

      During this time the house was often used as a stagecoach stop. Prior to the Revolutionary War the house was known as the Cedars, and later the Elmo House.

      In 1883 the Rev. Patrick Henry Fontaine, grandson of Patrick Henry, purchased the property. Six generations of that family occupied the house until 1983 when it was purchased by Oscar B. Tate. Now known as Tacrea (Ta from Tate and Crea from Creath), it is a bed and breakfast.

      In 1913 Rev. William Creath raised the roof of the front portion to accommodate a second floor, joined the two houses with a foyer, and added the wrap-around porch and front entrance hall. The house has original woodwork and two corner fireplaces. The parlor has the same chair molding and mantle with sunburst found in Carter's Tavern.

Additional information contributed by Darwin William Marable on February 9, 2010.

1938 newspaper article, unknown source
1938 newspaper article, unknown source
      According to 1957 documentation by Pocahontas Edmunds, a member of the American Institute of Architecture Preservation Committee, in possession of this author, the original owner of "The Cedars" now called "The Tacrea House," on River Road, Elmo was "Mr. Marable."

      Matthew Marable, the burgess, was in Lunenberg County as early as 1754 as he was a burgess there until 1759. His father, William, established Finneywood Plantation in 1747 in Mecklenburg County where Matthew also served as a burgess from 1769 until 1776. Matthew eventually owned property in Lunenberg, Mecklenburg, Charlotte and Halifax Counties.

      Halifax Plea Book I, 1752-1755, p. 30, shows several entries for Matthew and William in the area of Difficult Creek, and Halifax County Deed Books 2,3,4,5, and 6 show numerous land transactions involving both Matthew and William.

      On September 10, 1938 the Reverend and Mrs. W.T. Creath, then residents of “The Cedars” hosted a family reunion for the Marable family at “The Cedars,” the ancestral home of the Marable family. (News story at right)

      Numerous Marable descendants attended the reunion including Thomas Bedford Moseley Sr. (1854- ? ), the son of Charles Hillery Moseley and Sara Ann “Sallie” Marable who lived for 40 years at “Oakland” near the Dan River. (Per Hillery Moseley’s will in 1856 in Charlotte County, Charles H. Moseley’s “Oakland” property was formerly owned by John C. Carter. The 460 acres was located on the south side of the Dan River at Win’s (Wynn’s) Creek which is about one mile west of Paces Bridge.)

News story: Family Reunion, July 19, 1904, at Belleville, Charlotte Co. Virginia.

He was the nephew of John Richard Marable, my great grandfather, and my grandfather's first cousin.

After 1/3 of a mile on the right is Arbor Baptist Church

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