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Re: Nelson County VA plantations
In Response To: Nelson County VA plantations ()

The Infamous list of Nelson County slave plantations.

Let's begin with Bremo in Fluvana County, or Henrico County, near Richmond. This plantation was owned by the Cocke Family (inlaws of the Cabell) with tie ends to the Carter, and Massie families.

From here, we'll mosey over to Buckingham County, where you have the Seven Islands Plantion owned by the Nicholas, also tied into the Carter family, as well as the Burwell, and Fry families.

From here, we'll ski-daddle over to the Travelers Rest Plantation owned by William Horsley and Mary Cabell (our family's owners). While over here in Buckingham, we'll check out Sturgon and Bufalo Ridge. Next, we'll travel along the banks of the James River, across from Wingina, and check out Montevideo, Sion Hill, Yellow Gravel, Green Hill, and Elm Cottage... ALL owned by the Cabell family.

Let us now cross the James River from Buckingham into Nelson County. - Hey... lookie there.. we're now in Wingina, on Rte 56 (James River Rd.) looking forward toward Shipman, standing in front of the Wingina Post Office.

If you look immediately to your right, you have the location of Midway Mills, once owned by Gov. William H. Cabell. - Let's travel in that direction for a little while, towards Howardsville, and Scottsville (the borderline between Nelson and Albemarle County.

Here we have the Swan Creek Plantation, and Liberty Hall (my ancestors living quarters) - Hey look! There's the grave of my 3rd great grandfather, Old John Nicholas, born 1798, buried in the Cabell slave Cemetery, along with my great aunts Sukey Diggs, and Emily Early! This plantation was part of the original land patent issued to Dr. William Cabell, back in 1740. Most of this acreage was inherited by his great grandson Nathaniel Francis Cabell. (our family's last owner).

Let's head north from here, which is 5 miles east of the James River Bridge, on the Piedmont Plateau.

A half mile up from this river bank at the mouth of the Swan Creek is Warminster. Straight ahead is Edgewood. Owned by Joseph Carrington Cabell (Nathaniel F. Cabell's uncle), and co-founder of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, with President Thomas Jefferson.

If we travel north from here toward Rockfish, well see Red Hill, owned by the Cabell family.

Uh -ohh... we're tad bit out of the area of focus, near Charlottesville, Albemarle, VA... better ski-daddle back to Liberty Hall, in Warminster, and check out the Bon Aire Mansion at Cabell farms on 626, Cabell rd. (where my cousins of the Mayo Venable, Ratcliffe, and Woodson famiies still resides, near Raglands Garage). Bon Aire was eventually inherted and repurchased by the great grand daughter of Nathaniel Francis Cabell. Her name was Barbara Dallas Cabell. She bought back the property after George Cabell (her uncle) died.

Okay.... back to the starting point! - We're now standing, once again, in front of the Wingina Post office on James River Rd. (rte. 56) facing Shipman.

Now, if we head west, well first arrive at Soldiers Joy, owned by Samuel Cabell, grandson of Dr. William Cabell. (located directly behind the Wingina Post Office).

NOTE: these next Cabell plantations are all part of Union Hill, but were divided among the Cabell Descendants. - My cousin Mary Fannie Rose, well, her sister Dorothy Rose Hutcheson, was very smart in her youth and purchased part of this property. They recently constructed the new St. John's Baptist Church, which overlooks the James River. - Who'd da thunk it?-- slave descendants of the Cabell family, owning a portion of their former slave owner's land.

The next plantation, located next to Soldiers Joy is Rock Cliff (still in existance, and still held by the descendants of William Andrew Horsley), an inlaw of the Cabell family.

Next to this you have the "Colleton" plantation, owned by Col. William Cabell, father of Samuel Cabell of Soldiers Joy.

Right next to this property is "Union Hill", owned by also owned by Col. William Cabell.

Across this street (Norwood Rd.- rte 606) you'll see "Christ Curch" owned by the Hubard family. You guest it!- inlaws of the Cabells.

Back across Union Hill Rd. near Variety Mills Lane, is Old Norwood, owned by William Daniel Cabell. (son of Mayo Cabell).

Montezuma is next door. Originally built by Col. William Cabell, given to his son Landon.

Stuman is down from here, owned by Frederick Mortimer Cabell.

The land known as Gladstone, was given to Mary Cabell, daughter of Dr. William Cabell, as a wedding gift to her husband William Horsley, is located just across the Tye River.

Boy.. I tell ya!.. I sure got lucky, being a slave descendant of this family. The made it extremly easy for me, as an African Ameriscan, to trace my entire family from Lovingston, Nelson, Virginia. The sheer amount of hand-written, documented writings, was no less than astonishing! - But WAIT! - - There's more!

Let's skip-to-my-loo, on a northern track, toward Arrington, and Variety Mills, and check out the Cabell plantation, known as "Inglewood". - Head norh, abit more and stop at the Cabell owned property called "Variety Mills".

From here, we'll travel still north/northeast to Shipman, and check of the Oak Ridge Plantation owned by Robert Rives, and you guessed it... his wife Margaret Cabell, daughter of Col. William Cabell.

Whew!-- that was rough!... but we're not finshed, yet... no sir-ree buddy.

Let's cross this multy-lane highway of rte, 29 (the Monacan trail), over to Massies Mill, shall we? - HEY--Watch out for those speeding cars!

Now we'll head northwest abit, still on rte. 56, towards Piney River, Make a quick right turn at the "Harewwood Plantation", onto Patrick Henry Highway.

First, well check out the "Three Springs" Planation owned by the Massie family.

Head North, a few clicks, and check out the "Pharsalia Plantation" owned by William Massie, who also owned many of my relatives.

From here, we'l go to his brother Thomas Massies' crib, at the "Level Green Plantation".

Pay a quick vistit to Crab Tree falls, and end at the "Montebello" plantation owned by Thomas Massies. - The father of Thomas and William Massie (also inlaws of the Cockce and Cabell families) was Major Thomas Massie of "Blue Rock".

Sorry I couldn't list more plantations,.. but hey-- it's a small start... right?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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