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March 16, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Houses: Mount Ida

Slate River Ramblings_Mount Ida_WPACourtesy Library of Virginia 

The dwelling house at Mount Ida was once one of Buckingham County’s grandest homes.  Its story will be told over four posts here at Slate River Ramblings.

In 1937, Garnett Williams surveyed Mount Ida for the Virginia Historical Inventory.  The burning of Buckingham Courthouse in 1869 made a typical deed search impossible.  She began with William Leitch, unaware of previous owners.

Originally a plantation of at least 1,000 acres, Mount Ida sat not far from New Canton and the James River in northeastern Buckingham County.

Mrs. Williams described the impressive dwelling:

The dwelling is a lovely eleven room house.  From the small square front porch one enters into a lovely hallway.  Facing the hallway is a winding stairway leading to the second floor.  To the right of the hallway is a large bed room with plastered walls and wide wainscoting, while to the left is a room known as the living room, with the most expensive hand carved trimmings, lovely hand carved mantels, plastered walls with wide wainscoting, and large cross panel doors with shop made hinges and large imported locks with brass knobs.  All the rooms on the second floor have plastered walls with wide wainscoting.  The weatherboarding is of heart pine.

There is a picket fence around the yard. The old rock style that was used many years ago can still be seen by the front gate, in the beautifully kept, one acre yard.

In 1937, many outbuildings were still standing at Mount Ida, including the kitchen, with its wine-cellar/basement, and the old dairy.

Coming next: William Cannon: Builder of Mount Ida


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  1. Jeremy Winfrey / Mar 17 2014 12:23 am

    There is some good information on Mt Ida in the 1899 The American Historical Magazine and Tennessee Historical Society, Volume 4, pages 7-14. Lots on New Canton & Cannon and his dealings… noticed Tarleton & John Woodson among them. Looking forward to your next post.

    • Joanne Yeck / Mar 17 2014 2:44 pm

      Thanks, Jeremy. This looks very interesting. Amazing what is online.

  2. Nancy Baldwin / Mar 16 2014 2:55 pm

    That was wonderful to read. I have it drawn in my head. Thank you.

    • Joanne Yeck / Mar 16 2014 4:24 pm

      Thanks, Nancy. More to come!

  3. Joanne Yeck / Mar 16 2014 12:55 pm

    Larry, This is the same Mount Ida that was moved and restored. Watch for the follow-up posts.

  4. Larry Lamb / Mar 16 2014 12:36 pm

    Great story,I think this is the same Mt. Ida that was moved and restored near Scottsville Va.

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