The House on Malvern Hill

Was there ever message sweeter
     Than that one from Malvern Hill,
From a grim old fellow,-you remember?
     Dying in the dark at Malvern Hill.
With his rough face turned a little,
     On, a heap of scarlet sand,
They found him, just within the thicket,
     With a picture in his hand…

  • Game Description – Virginia, 1861. The war came, of course, and so there was dying. But before that was the house, the grand old manor, the dogwoods and the dreams and the hot southern nights. Built by the Allertons, fresh off the boat from England, standing for over 200 years. Malvern House. And a party. The last on Malvern Hill. So wear your finest, and take the old Willis Church Road, just up past the Mellert farm, and the Carter farm. See for yourself the glorious manor, the bluff overlooking the James. And find out for yourself why death came to Malvern Hill long before the war ever did. Costumes encouraged but not required. Game sold out? Hit us up online anyway, or just show up!
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  • Friday, August 18th, 9pm-1am, Lincoln Room, Union Station

 

Setting

Henrico County – a small community lying a half-day’s travel from Richmond. Something of an oddity in the South, Henrico County banned the practice of slavery in the early 1800s. Needless to say, opinions vary greatly about this place and the people who choose to make it their home.

 

Cast List

  • Elijah Allerton – Master of the House. His family was instrumental in establishing Henrico Country during the founding of the nation.
  • Dahlia Allerton – Lady of the House. She brought with her into the marriage a significant amount of the old Dale fortune.
  • Violet Allerton – Dahlia Allerton’s twin sister. She moved in four years ago when her husband died. Still wears the black of mourning.
  • Elizabeth Ward – Young niece of Violet Allerton’s late husband, visiting from Georgia. Single and educated.
  • James Garnett – A wealthy farmer from across the county. Relations between the Garnetts and the Allertons could be better.
  • Gideon Carter – Adopted son of the elderly and wealthy Samuel and Clara Carter, farmers from the center of the county. Gideon runs the whole operation now. He is unable to leave Henrico County, given that he would be re-enslaved as soon as he did.
  • Hetty Stuart – To the surprise of many, she hung up her shingle as a lawyer a little more than a year ago. Escaped slaves cannot enter the Bar, but she can certainly arm her clients for successful legal fights. James Garnett credits Hetty for saving a hundred acres of his farm from annexation by neighboring Hanover County.
  • Sheriff Thomas Dale – His ancestor of the same name founded the city of Henricus, the first European settlement in Henrico County in 1611. Henricus was destroyed by the Powhatan Indians in 1622, but Dale’s family has lived in this same area throughout.
  • Askuwheteau – One of the last remnants of the once-powerful Powhatan Nation.
  • Cordelia Goulding – She and her brother Levi have run the family farm since their parents’ deaths ten years ago. They are all of 25 years old.
  • Levi Goulding – Cordelia’s brother. It is a poorly-kept secret that their paid farm hands are all escaped slaves from farther south.
  • Enos Freeman – The Goulding’s Plantation Manager. Rumors abound regarding his escape from slavery over a decade ago, but the rumors all seem to agree that this seemingly perfect gentleman is no one to cross.
  • Benjamin Farthing – Local blacksmith and mason. Overly busy lately after his apprentice ran away.
  • Ada Bartlett – A journalist from the North, she came to Virginia seeking work in Richmond. Plans there apparently did not work out.