In 1817, William Epperson, age 29, after serving in the War of 1812, moved with his wife, Nancy Clay Epperson, from Halifax to the Hollow (now Ararat) in Patrick County, and built the log cabin which became home to four generations of Eppersons: William, Tom, William and finally John K. Epperson.
The Epperson family will celebrate the 200th anniversary of his arrival on Saturday, August 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the original cabin located at the end of Epperson Lane off Unity Church Road. The cabin is now owned by fifth generation grandson of William Epperson, George Beasley.
Telling of the family history back to the 13th Century by Brent Epperson, also a fifth generation grandson, and Stuart Epperson, a fourth generation grandson..
Old family pictures will be on display. There will be bluegrass music featuring Bill Smith, a fifth generation grandson. The event will include a barbecue supper and a tour of the old cabin.
In addition, the regular annual Epperson Reunion will be on Sunday, August 6 at Unity Presbyterian Church with a covered dish lunch following the church service. Epperson family members and friends are invited to both events.