Edwina St. Rose has informed us that there is now a website for the Daughters of Zion Cemetery in Charlottesville: https://daughtersofzioncemetery.org/ The website also has an index of the name of people known to be buried at this cemetery, with information about them, clips of obituaries, etc. The recovery of information about the people buried here is an on-going project, so remember to recheck it at various times to see if anything new has surfaced about individuals you’re interested in.
Hi all — We are very fortunate that CVGA has been given the opportunity to publish a new book by Joanne L. Yeck — Peter Jefferson’s Snowdon — as CVGA’s first Occasional paper. Here’s the Amazon link:
An Occasional paper is a work of interest to historians and researchers on a Central Virginia topic, but which is too long to fit in our newsletter, Central Virginia Heritage.
These papers are not published on a set schedule, but as they are completed. The only requirement is that the topic of the paper has something to do with Central Virginia history or research. The average length of these publications will be approximately 40-100 pages, but that is flexible. Contact the newsletter editor, Jean Cooper, if you have a suggestion for future Occasional papers.
In this case, the book is a detailed essay on the history of Snowdon, a plantation created by Peter Jefferson in the first half of the 18th century.
“Beginning in the 1720s, a small group of men based in Goochland County, Virginia, began to migrate west, along the James River, settling the frontier which lay at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A few stopped at what is known as the Horseshoe Bend, a particularly beautiful and fertile spot in the river. Today, the modern counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, and Fluvanna converge there at the village of Scottsville.In the early 1740s, President Thomas Jefferson’s father, Peter, already a successful surveyor and land speculator, was quick to realize the commercial value of the spot when the newly formed Albemarle County located its seat at the Horseshoe Bend. This volume tells the story of settlement on the south side of the James River and the development of the plantation Peter Jefferson would call Snowdon, a very valuable farm with a complex history.”
Note: The Occasional papers are not part of the membership benefits of CVGA but must be purchased separately.
(June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10)
From 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Please join the Fluvanna Historical Society in the Village of Palmyra to experience Fluvanna’s history including the African American History exhibit at the Old Stone Jail and see the artifacts about Fluvanna’s gold mining history at the Holland Page Place. There will be demonstrations of heritage crafts and skills, dance to live period music and chat with area artists. Meet our genealogists and learn more about your own family story or visit our archives and research Fluvanna history at Maggie’s House.
On May 13, 2017 CVGA enjoyed a field trip to the Virginia Historical Society. We carpooled to Richmond. Several individuals enjoyed the self-guided tour “The Story of Virginia” while several members conducted research at the library located at the Historical Society. We also had lunch at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts which is next door to the Historical Society.
The self-guided tour was very informative with facts regarding Virginia from early exploration in the 1600s to information about the 20thcentury. There were maps, photos, paintings, and artifacts. There were also interactive exhibits that encouraged you to test your knowledge of Virginia.
The library has a collection of published genealogical materials and manuscript collections. The material can be requested and reviewed in the reading room. A valid ID is required and only pencils are allowed in the reading room. If you plan to go for research, be sure to check out the VHS website and “Getting Access and What to Bring.”
Access to the Virginia Historical Society, including the library, is free; however, there are exhibits that require a ticket which can be purchased.
The monthly meeting on May 13 for CVGA will be a road trip to the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. We will be doing a self-guided tour of the Story of Virginia. This will involve walking for approximately an hour. VHS also has a library available for research. A photo id is required to check out material for review. There is no admission charge.
If you would like to come along, contact Patricia Lukas or Linda Gore–you should have already received a private email with phone numbers today. If you have not, please email the Webmaster for a copy of the email. Let us know if you are willing to drive or if you need a ride. Linda Gore has volunteered to drive from the Zion Crossroads location.
If you are driving in from somewhere other than Albemarle/Charlottesville area, let us know so we can look forward to meeting you there.
We will have two meeting places: the parking lot at Pantops Shopping Center near Food Lion and the parking lot at Zion Crossroads Shopping Center near McDonalds. We will leave from Pantops at 9:00 am and 9:30 am from Zion Crossroads.
The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA. It will take about 1 hour 15 minutes to get there from Charlottesville. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will have lunch on our own. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is next door and they have two good restaurants.
Note: If you plan to use the VHS library, you can prepare by searching the VHS Library catalog from home, so you have an idea which documents you will want to see.
We also suggest that you bring a couple of research problems, since you can be working on one while the Library staff is retrieving materials for the other.
A snippet from Sam Towler’s article, “Albemarle County Chancery Cases Preservation Project”:
In the 1970s, Albemarle County sent most of the chancery cases in its files which ended before 1912 to the Library of Virginia. The Library of Virginia preserved all the cases they received and put them in acid-free folders to prevent deterioration. With the Albemarle County Clerk’s approval, I have been working on a project to preserve the post-1900 cases that Albemarle still had at the Courthouse in Charlottesville by unfolding the documents and putting the papers in acid-free folders provided by the Clerk’s Office.
For the rest of this article, and several others, go to “Members Only” on the menu bar above, and choose “Central Virginia Heritage — Current Issue.” (Note: You have to be logged in to this website in order to see “Members Only.”)
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Table of Contents for the Winter 2016 issue:
- Division of the Negro Property of the Estate of William Morris of Louisa County, Virginia, 1832 … page 1
- Albemarle County Chancery Cases Preservation Project … page 4
- Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Franklin, of St. Anne’s Parish, Albemarle Co., VA … page 6
- Early Broadus Wood High School History … page 7
- The Wyatt Family of Albemarle County, Virginia … page 9
- Reductions in Service at the Library of Virginia … page 11
- The Times-Dispatch Genealogical Column: The Walker Family of Virginia … page 12
- Castle Hill … page 16
- James Govan Estate Settlement and Division of Slaves (1831-1835), Hanover Co., VA … page 18
- List of the Hire of Negroes [of the Heirs of] Richard Terrell of Louisa Co., VA (1771) … page 19
- Funeral Home Records Available Online … page 20
- Letter from Edward Govan to Mary Govan Hill, near Fredericksburg, VA (1831) … page 22
- Slaves of John Ambler (April 1829) at his Plantations in Amherst and Louisa Counties … page 23
- President’s Column, by Patricia Lukas … page 24
P.S. Wouldn’t you like to see your research published in this beautiful magazine? Send it to any of the CVGA officers on the About CVGA page.