Isaac Hardin

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Isaac Hardin (1736 – September 20, 1820) was a property owner in western Albemarle County who was the first settler to own the area that came to be known as Greenwood.[1] Having been born in South Carolina, he moved onto the land of modern Greenwood around 1785 (after having lived in a number of different locations) and was later buried there upon his death in 1820.


Plaque dedicated to Isaac Hardin at the foot of his tombstone in Greenwood. Photo by Brian Gallagher.

Hardin's wife was Elizabeth, a daughter of William Brown. The couple had four daughters named Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Lucinda. Mary married Samuel B. Smith, Elizabeth married Gideon Morgan (the progenitor of the attempt to establish Morgantown as an organized community), Sarah married Nathaniel Landcraft, and Lucinda married William Scott. The sons of Mary and Samuel eventually moved to Tennessee.

Hardin and his wife Elizabeth also had five sons named Benjamin, Nelson, Isaac B., Berry M., and John. Around 1808, Nelson emigrated to the Mississippi Territory while Isaac moved to Tennessee. Berry died in 1826.

In 1805, Benjamin bought the brick house about a mile west of Ivy Depot which would form the nucleus of Morgantown. Here he maintained a tavern (having the name of Albemarle Hotel) until 1826. Benjamin was known to occasionally buy up a few lots of the projected town (as their owners desired a return from their investment) but as they lay unmarked amidst the trees and bushes of the forest, the majority of them quietly lapsed in his hands, having been totally forgotten by those who originally held the title. Benjamin was also known to be great lover of horses and kept a number of racers. In 1827, all of his property was sold under deeds of trust and he subsequently moved to Nelson County. In January of 1899 Benjamin's son, Dr. Charles W. Hardin, died near Longwood, Rockbridge County at the age of 85.[2]


  1. Web. Greenwood School Memories 1921-1984, Meeks Enterprises, 1984, retrieved February 15, 2022.
  2. Web. Albemarle County in Virginia, C.J. Carrier Company, 1901

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