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April 18, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Sketches: Dr. Margaret Pennington


(Courtesy Historic Buckingham) 

Readers of Slate River Ramblings have been admiring the lovely sketches of Buckingham buildings penned by Dr. Margaret Allen Pennington.  These sketches accompany text written by Lorna Scott in a two volume set entitled, The Courthouse Burned—.

Dr. Pennington’s obituary appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch on January 7, 1989.

Dr. Margaret Pennington, 79, a retired physician, died Jan. 5, 1989, at St. Mary’s Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born in Ashland, KY, she moved to Buckingham Co., VA, in 1946. She attended the Univ. of Richmond and the College of William and Mary before graduating from the Medical College of VA in 1937, one of only two women in her class.

Dr. Pennington was a co-founder, board of director’s member, and first treasurer of the Historic Buckingham Society. She traveled throughout Virginia with her husband, Dr. William Pennington, photographing county courthouses. From the photographs, she illustrated her 1987 book, County Courthouses in Virginia.  With her husband, she practiced medicine until she retired in 1984. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters and a son. A memorial service was held at her home, Col Alto Farm, in Buckingham.


Both volumes of The Courthouse Burned—, written by Lorna Scott and illustrated by Margaret Pennington, are available online from Historic Buckingham:

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