A journal of sorts about family, hobbies and travels, mostly day trips Steve and I enjoy taking especially in my State of Virginia.
I love to especially explore and snoop in places off the beaten path.

photos on blog are taken by me unless noted otherwise. Please ask before using.
Thank You - BSH



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Friday, July 11, 2014

chatham - 3

 General Ambrose Burnside brought the 120,000 man army of the Potomac to Fredericksburg in November 1862.   Below Chatham- using pontoon bridges Burnside crossed the Rappahannock river and seized Fredericksburg where Lees confederates were holding the high ground behind the town.
Bloody union defeat of Fredericksburg.   Burnside suffered 12,600 casualties on the battlefield.
Many were brought to Chatham
 





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The ending of the war in 1865 left Chatham barren.  The walls were marred by graffiti.  Blood stains on the floors and  forest cut down for firewood.   
The Lacy's who left Chatham during the war returned only to find that they could not maintain it properly and left for their Ellwood home.  The arm of Stonewall Jackson is buried at Ellwood. Chatham was sold in 1872.
  
this is the entrance to Chatham today originally the rear of the home in it's plantation days.  To me what gives that away is the emblem over the door.

It's not the pineapple - which is a symbol of welcome shown in the river side of mansion below.


Steps on river side with pineapples at the top
original road above photo that leads down to the river.

Original entrance river side
leaving
 
 
 
 
 
 click here for  part one   and - part two    

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Chatham - a peek inside - 2

We saw a film on the history of Chatham in this room  ..   There are no tours of the inside of the mansion but just the couple rooms downstairs with a few historical pieces displayed. 

 



 
original wood floors -  hundreds of soldiers were operated on  inside of Chatham
Among some who assisted the army doctors were Walt Whitman who came to Chatham searching for his brother and Clara Barton who founded the American chapter of the International Red Cross.

Looking out to the Catalpa trees that are the shadows cast on the sidewalk .



Whitman noticed arms , legs, hands and feet along with several dead soldiers at the base of these trees



Massive gnarled roots

Chatham was used by union army during the war  as a headquarters, hospital and stables.



back inside is this marker



column above and info

front facing river - ghost lines of columns

A former office in the continental army purchased Chatham in 1806 for 20,000 dollars - his family owned the property for 66 years.   His name was Major Churchill Jones


pretty picture in red dress with those red shoes






wing back chair
a mirror on the bottom shows that is the chamber chair as explained above


you can see the opening


 
 

little trunk that is sitting if front of sofa above

 
 

dining room with artifacts
 
 
such pretty crystal

That's about it for inside - next post will be outside looking towards the Rappahannock river.

Part one can be seen by clicking   Here   and part three Here

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Chatham Manor -- 1

Steve and I visited Chatham in the Spring of this year.  First time visit for  him,  I wanted to see the roses in bloom and I did...  So pretty they were.  
First a walk through the grapevines to once was the back of the mansion.   A plantation that  consisted of 1,300 acres and was built between 1768 and 1771and owned by William Fitzhugh.
The house,  Georgian style overlooks the Rappahannock river was named for William Pitt ,  the Earl of Chatham. 

After parking the car we walk to Chatham mansion through beautiful grape vines and roses.




boxwood walk above and below


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Entering the iron gate is a look to left and right of the front gardens.
This actually used to be the back of the mansion - plantation homes entrances faced the water.
Many fragrant roses
 
 
 
 
 
 
bust among the roses on back wall
 
 
In the background is the Summer house




 

 
Famous visitors to mansion were William Henry Harrison,  Thomas Jefferson and  George Washington.
There were others that came later because of the Civil War.
 
 I will post a few pictures inside in  next post.......
 
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