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"Long Island was Patrick Henry's Home Before Red Hill".

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-2- For a time Henry kept up two residences, going from Long Island to Red Hill and back again whenever he wished. No doubt it was on these journeys that the old tavern called "Nickup" on the Brookneal-Long Island road, then owned by Jimmy Jones and now the home of Sam Ferries, got its reputation as a favorite stopping place of Patrick Henry. One of Long Island's early landowners was William Haythe, who patented land there in 1757; he also owned land on Molly's Creek, and in 1794 he sold his Long Island estate and moved to his land near Pigeon Run (now Gladys). A legend in the Haythe family says that Patrick Henry traded William Haythe a gun for his Long Island estate. Richard Stith, who was the first surveyor for Campbell County and surveyed the boundary line between Campbell and Bed-ford in 1782, left to his daughter Catherine and her husband, James Jones, the "Locust Level" or "Nickup" land on the Island road, "about a mile from Pannill's Green Hill estate." This house is said to be the oldest still standing in the county, and is presumed to be the same one in which Jones kept the tavern mentioned before. Richard Stith was a very large land-owner in the county.