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May 19, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

For Sale: Montevideo

Slate River Ramblings_William H. Cabell

Courtesy University of Virginia

In 1860, Montevideo, the former Cabell  family show place on the James River, was put up for sale.  Offered privately by Richmond agent Charles Y. Morriss, slaves and livestock were auctioned with the plantation. Previously known as Repton, in the 1810s, Judge William H. Cabell and Attorney General William Wirt dubbed it Montevideo for the wondrous view. Judge Cabell, who owned the plantation until in 1822, died at his residence in Richmond on January 12, 1853.  The advertisement read as follows:




I OFFER for sale the Valuable Estate, in the County of Buckingham, known by the name of “MONTEVIDEO.” (formerly the residence of Judge Cabell) also the Negroes, Stock, &c., of every description. The Estate contains 2,280 Acres, of which 200 Acres are James River low-grounds of the best quality.  Large crops of Corn, Wheat and Tobacco are annually made upon this Estate. It has all the necessary improvements. The Negro Quarters are all new, with brick chimneys and plank floors. The tobacco houses are built of chestnut logs and covered with chestnut shingles.  It has an Orchard containing upwards of 2,000 trees of the most choice fruit, apples, pears, peaches, cherries, &c. It is well watered and healthy, and has a magnificent view of James River, mountain scenery, &c.  This Estate is on the South-side of James River, having a covered bridge across the River to the James River and Kanawha Canal, about a quarter of a mile from the Estate. . . .

Can a Slate River Ramblings reader identify the owner of Montevideo in 1860?


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  1. Larry Lamb / May 19 2014 9:31 am

    I think the Ramsey family own it now.I was on a visit there once.Mr. Ramsey gave me a tour.I think this is the same House you call Monteviedo.Larry.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 19 2014 10:01 am

      Thanks, Larry.

  2. onestitchatatime / May 19 2014 9:23 am

    I met my husband while we were both working in Montevideo, Uruguay. Your headline really drew my attention!

    • Joanne Yeck / May 19 2014 10:00 am

      Fun connection!


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