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May 22, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Caryswood Plantation Centennial Map

Buckingham_Caryswood_MapThis charming map was enclosed in the invitation to the Caryswood Centennial.  Bessie Page Trent (1871–1956), Kate Trent (1900–1987), and Page Trent Bird (1902–1994) hosted the birthday bash on Saturday, August 15, 1953.

According to the invitation, “Caryswood is a part of the original Cary tract, comprising thirty-eight thousand acres, of which eleven thousand were in Buckingham County, inherited by Colonel Archibald Cary (1721–1786) from his father, Henry Cary (1650–1749) and bequeathed to his daughter and son-in-law in 1787.”

For previous posts about the Cary family see:

Archibald Cary

The Bells of Bellmont

Beautiful Bellmont


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  1. Steven G. Meeks / May 27 2013 11:06 pm

    Henry Cary patented 3942 acres in 1729. He repatented that land with additional acreage totaling 17,000 acres in 1738. This patent straddled the current Buckingham and Cumberland County line probably with more than half in current Cumberland County.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 28 2013 9:14 am

      Thanks, Steven!

  2. Steven G. Meeks / May 27 2013 10:39 pm

    Did Sprouse’s Corner have a traffic circle?

    • Joanne Yeck / May 28 2013 9:14 am

      The map seems to indicate there was indeed a traffic circle at Sprouse’s Corner. Let’s think about when power came to Buckingham (after World War II) and when a traffic light would have been put in place….

  3. Bill Davidson / May 22 2013 1:54 pm

    It is nice to see my family’s “Davidson Orchard” included on the map (on Rt. 15). I understand that….”back in the day”….my family owned over 5,000 acres there. I recently learned that during World War II, some German prisoners of war were brought in to help with the work on the orchard.

    The old Davidson homes (“Cherry Hill” and “Iron Rock”) are on the part of Rt. 622 that is just “off of the map” on the right side. Those two homes, which are side-by-side, are prior to where Rt. 622 connects into Rt. 15. My gg-grandmother, Mrs. Vitula Monroe (Sandridge) Davidson, is buried in the front yard at “Cherry Hill.”

    • Joanne Yeck / May 22 2013 4:11 pm

      Bill, Thanks for your comment, as always. I just learned that WW II POWs were housed at the old CCC camp in Albemarle. I’m beginning to feel a story here . . . In future posts, we’ll continue to explore the Caryswood Centennial map.


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