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May 18, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Houses: Sunnyside


Courtesy Historic Buckingham

On September 28, 1909, R.B. Chaffin & Co, Auctioneers in Richmond, offered Camm Patteson’s 487 acre-farm, Sunnyside, for sale.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch announced the auction:

This very valuable property has a seven (7) room dwelling, a two (2) room cottage and office, all covered with slate and in fairly good condition; also all necessary outbuildings, and commands a fine view of the river and surrounding country.  It is conveniently situated near schools and churches, in a most excellent neighborhood, with R.F.D. route, and only one-fourth (1-4) of a mile from dwelling to Highland depot on the C. & O. R.R. and two miles from Howardsville, where there has recently been constructed a substantial iron bridge which makes the property very accessible, and is only three and one-half hours’ ride to Richmond, two hours to Lynchburg, and 2 half-day’s drive to Charlottesville.

Situated upon this property is considered one of the best grist mills in this section, with a good patronage, and is itself a source of considerable revenue. This mill is supplied with water from one of the finest private fish ponds in the State, and is well stocked. It has attracted the attention of some of our best anglers, and for the pond and mill alone some very flattering offers have been refused by the late owner.

The low grounds are especially fertile and well adapted for grass, wheat, corn and tobacco, while the uplands have a natural sod affording excellent pasturage for stock.  It is well timbered, having about one hundred (100) acres of almost virgin oak, pine and chestnut, which, on account of its proximity to market, makes it valuable.  It also has good indications of Buckingham slate, is well watered, with perfect title and is a rare opportunity for any one wishing an ideal country home.

To be continued. . .


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  1. LD Phaup / May 20 2015 8:00 am

    Look up Leonard Ballow, Albemarle county (before Buckingham was formed) this mill is just below this house. This is pre Camm Patterson. Excuse this cell phone typing. L D Phaup

    • Joanne Yeck / May 20 2015 9:29 am

      Thanks for the information about Leonard Ballow. I recognize his name from my research concerning Randolph Jefferson, Snowden, and the lands near the Horseshoe Bend. I’ll investigate further! Joanne

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