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September 22, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Mystery: Shady Grove

Library of Virginia_Shady Grove


Shady Grove, Courtesy Library of Virginia

Virginia Memory, the online digital collection of the Library of Virginia, is a treasure trove for anyone interested in primary resources concerning Virginia history.

The selection of WPA Historic Houses Drawings created as part of the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project in Virginia includes a pen and ink drawing of “Shady Grove” in Buckingham County. It was drawn by Dorothea Ann Farrington in 1937.

Does a Slate River Ramblings reader know more about the house, Shady Grove? Know more about the artist?

Please comment.


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  1. AnglicanGeeks / Sep 22 2014 5:45 pm

    Here is more about the artist, Dorothea A. Farrington:

    Mary Ailes

    • Joanne Yeck / Sep 22 2014 6:08 pm

      Mary, Many thanks for the link about Dorothea A. Farrington and her work for the WPA. Her sketches are lovely. If only she had captured more of Buckingham County. . . .

  2. Bill Davidson / Sep 22 2014 9:45 am

    Per the internet, Shady Grove was built in 1825 by Paulina Cabell Henry on land inherited from her father, Dr. George Cabell (of Point of Honor, Lynchburg, VA).

    • Joanne Yeck / Sep 22 2014 10:02 am

      Bill, thanks for your comment. The Shady Grove built on Cabell land was/is in Campbell County. It is a lovely brick house with an English basement. And, so, the quest continues for information about Buckingham County’s Shady Grove.

      Here is a link for more information about the Cabell-owned property.

      Click to access 015-0013_Shady_Grove_1982_Final_Nomination.pdf

      • Bill Davidson / Sep 25 2014 4:39 pm

        I did a search for “Shady Grove” and “Buckingham,” and what I posted is what was displayed by Wikipedia. I now see, however, that the word “Buckingham” was on another part of the same page, and that is why the “Shady Grove” in Campbell Co., VA was shown, despite my “search criteria.” Sorry for the error.

  3. mcmitton / Sep 22 2014 8:31 am

    Shady Grove reminds me of the home of Ed Ayres…. shape, little windows. I think I’ve asked him about this, but… if I did, I don’t remember what he said….
    Of all the things I miss the most, I miss my memory 😉

    Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:23:10 +0000

    • Joanne Yeck / Sep 22 2014 8:42 am

      I followed up on your hunch. Ed Ayres felt that Shady Grove was not his family’s home.

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