Buckingham Houses: Chellow
Chellow. Photo Courtesy Virginia Department of Historic Resources
In 1936, Rosa G. Williams surveyed Chellow for the Virginia Historical Inventory. At the time, the house stood empty. The caretaker was a son of a former slave owned by the Hubbard family. Mrs. Williams wrote:
Chellow Plantation is part of a grant of 6,740 acres, originally in Albemarle County, now Buckingham County, Virginia. Patented to Colonel John Bolling, July 20, 1748. Chellow was named for an old English Estate of the Bollings.
The home is a very imposing example of colonial architecture, consisting of ten rooms. You must enter the front by way of a “T” shape hall, to the right as you enter is a large bed room, to the left is a large library or living room, to the center of this hallway is a door leading to a lovely dining room, with French windows, lovely old doors with locks on them that were imported from England with brass keys. A side hall leads to the rear of this house. A lovely wide winding stairway leads to a large upstair hall. In this hall is a built in bookcase with many valuable books. In the center of this hall are double doors leading to an upper porch with French windows on either side of the door. The porch runs about three-fourths of the length of the house.…
The “old kitchen” still stands, but has been restored, it stands in the east corner of the yard. There was once a covered walk way leading from the kitchen to the main house, to protect the food from the weather. The yard is a thing of beauty, it contains two acres and is kept in perfect condition. Many of the old trees still stand, among them is a large oak, twenty odd feet in circumference, the sole survivor of the original trees that shaded the spacious lawn.
Aunt Mary Bolling’s garden at Chellow was known through the country as one of the most beautiful of its day, there are still signs of it, some of the old roses still bloom there.
The beautiful situation, the secluded location, the old house spring from which an abundance of crystal water flows, the tall trees, the extensive view, the gorgeous sunset beyond the mountain, the very atmosphere of the place, its history and its traditions, all combine to make Chellow a delightful and restful abode in these days of hurry, worry and painful uncertainty.
On Sunday, 23 April 2017, Historic Buckingham will hold its Spring Membership Meeting at Chellow, which remains a “restful abode in these days of hurry, worry and painful uncertainty.”
If you are in Buckingham County or environs, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the magnificent Chellow and support Historic Buckingham!