South of the Dan Driving Tour
Historic Buildings in Halifax County, Virginia
Oak Grove of Cluster Springs


"Oak Grove" was originally the home of Thomas Easley, Sr. (1780 - 1835) and his wife Harriet C. Bailey Easley (1800 - 1873). They were married in 1842. This home was built in 1825 and the side wings were added in 1845. Like most Cluster Springs houses, the porch pillars have a lattice design. The windows run to the floor.

A cemetery behind the home includes the marker of Second Lt. Thomas Easley, Co. K, 2nd Infantry, Riley’s Brigade, who died at the age of 25 in the Battle of Churubusco, Mexico, August 20, 1847.

There were two daughters of the Easleys - Fanny, who married Dr. Charles Craddock of "Giant Poplars" (now the home of Sylvia Mclaughlin) on Mountain Road in Halifax, and Mary, who married Dr. John W. Craddock. This couple moved into Oak Grove to live with her mother, Harriet, and were the parents of Ed Craddock, Sr., Frank Craddock (clerk of the Halifax court) and Miss Sarah Craddock who once taught elocution at the old Cluster Springs Academy. Her brother, Frank, insisted that she always have a pistol about her waist as she took the short cut through the fields to the school.

The Oak Grove Plantation is now a Bed & Breakfast. The Innkeeper is Pickett Craddock.



The grounds of Giant Poplars has a small structure that still exists today and was once used as a girls school. It may be more than just coincidence that a girls school was also begun at the Dr. John Craddock home at Oak Grove with Miss Fanny Poindexter Easley teaching in it.



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