The Jubal A Early Homeplace
A Living Memorial to Southern Heritage
On the National Register of Historic Places & a Virginia Historic Landmark
From Dilapidated to Restored
Situated at the foot of Early’s Mountain and on an eminence overlooking Gill’s Creek, The Jubal A Early Homeplace has undergone a transformation from dilapidated to restored. The Raymond Kelley family who owned the surrounding farmlands for many years responded generously to the concerns of a multitude of Americans who expressed a desire to preserve the homeplace of General Early. Hoping to make the historic place available to the public, they donated the home and more than eight acres of land to the Jubal A Early Preservation Trust. The trust is committed to restoring and preserving this house and the grounds as a living memorial to Southern heritage.
See More Before and Afters From the Restoration
See the transformation from run down and neglected to a renovated historical jewel. The Jubal A Early Preservation Trust is proud to have facilitated the restoration process.
It was here that Jubal grew to maturity surrounded by an expansive tobacco plantation like so many of his generation in the rurual South. The place had belonged to his grandfather Jubal since the 1790’s and the original house (the right front of the present structure) is thought to have been built in the first decade of the 19th century. Here his father, Joab, lived and managed a tobacco plantation of more than 4,000 acres. Joab also served as postmaster of Cooper’s Post Office, in the Virginia legislature, as colonel of the Franklin County Militia, and as sheriff at various times. The original house was small by today’s standards, with one room each above and below and a large cellar underneath. A kitchen was behind.
Jubal grew to maturity surrounded by an expansive tobacco plantation like so many of his generation in the rural South.
After Joab sold the place in 1847, an addition was added to the left front and the house enlarged to a typical T-shaped structure. A small office stood in the yard and was later used by the Joplin family who lived here during the Civil War and their neighbors and by their neighbors as a schoolhouse. The Joplins, close frinds of General Early, contributed six sons to the Confederacy and drilled and supplied young recruits on the premises.
After the surrender at Appomattox, Jubal hid out here while Union soldiers scoured the countryside for him.
It was generally regarded as something of a confederate gathering place during the war and many a Confederate soldier was fed here. After the surrender at Appomattox, Jubal hid out here while Union soldiers scoured the countryside for him. Disguised as Tom Joplin and on his horse Gray Bill, which Joplin rode at Appomatox, Early easily passed the patrol at the Federal camp nearby and escaped south with the assistance of many friends. The old home passed through a succession of owners who farmed the fertile bottomlands until 1995 when it was deeded to the Preservation Trust.
“Jubal A Early ranks among the most important figures associated with the era of the Civil War. A prominant general in the Army of Northern Virginia during the conflict, he also wielded great influence on the writing of Confederate history in the decades after Appomattox. Few individuals North or South did as much to shape the development of the published record of the war. Preservation of the Early home site in Franklin County will secure a vital historical link to Early and open rich possibilities for interpreting his life and career as a soldier and writer.”
— Gary W Gallagher
Chairman, History Department, Penn State University
Distinguished Civil War Historian/Author
Support the Preservation Project
The Jubal A Early Preservation Trust is currently seeking tax deductible donations toward this preservation project. Our goal is not only to preserve the home, but also to present interpretive programs and other programs to develop a greater appreciation of Southern history and culture. We would appreciate any contribution of time, labor, materials, furnishings, artifacts, educational materials, research and, most of all, monetary gifts toward this project. We solicit your interest and your participation in this exciting venture.