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April 20, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

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!


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  1. Cleo Freedman / Apr 21 2017 11:08 pm

    Historic Buckingham’s Spring Meeting at Chellow this coming Sunday – Hope it is well attended. There is a beautiful old stacked-stone cemetery – across the road from the house – it was not listed on the tour – hopefully it will be offered. You can see this cemetery on the Find A Grave website. As a direct, eighth-generation descendant of Col. John Bolling, through my grandfather, Ivanhoe Alfonso Bolling, who lived his entire life in Buckingham Co on Rt, 652. There is a family cemetery at this home too.

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 22 2017 6:04 am

      Patt, A tour of Chellow’s cemetery is planned for Sunday, weather permitting. Thanks for adding your comments to the blog post. Joanne

  2. Colin Randolph Skidmore / Apr 20 2017 9:23 pm

    Joanne, as a direct, eighth-generation descendant of Col. John Bolling, through my great-grandmother Virginia Argyle Harrison Bolling Skidmore, who lived most of her life in Buckingham County, I am always delighted whenever the spotlight is turned upon this beloved old family home.

    Thank you so much!

    Colin Randolph Skidmore

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 21 2017 8:57 am

      Hello Colin, More to come about the Bollings and Chellow as we ramble through Buckingham County. Joanne

      • Louise Garrett / Apr 21 2017 5:08 pm

        Joanne have worked on this line in Medieval England – not that hard to get doc.s!

        Also have two pictures of the Thomas Bolling shield which Robt B. in Virginia copied and made a “family crest.” Would be happy to send picture of two originals – one of which is in the window of Bolling Hall. Pics taken about 5 yrs ago during a visit. Thoroughly documented.

        Descend from a daughter of Elizabeth Blair Bolling and Major Thomas West as do many others.

  3. Charlie Henneman CFA (@CHenneman) / Apr 20 2017 4:52 pm

    Thank you for this post! My great-grandmother Marion Hubard Henneman was raised at Chellowe. Her grandfather Robert T. Hubard bought the home from the Bolling family when he married Susan Pocahontas Bolling of Chellowe. (All three are among my ancestors buried in the Bolling – Hubard cemetery across the road from the house). After she was widowed in 1908, Marion moved home to Buckingham where she built Indian Gap on land that had been part of the Chellowe plantation, and she raised her two boys John and Richard there. John was my grandfather, and I am the current owner of Indian Gap. I am delighted to know of the meeting of Historic Buckingham at Chellowe on Sunday, and plan to attend!

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 21 2017 8:50 am

      Charlie, Many thanks for your comment. I have heard about Indian Gap, but have never visited. The members of Historic Buckingham will be at Chellowe on Sunday, 4/23/2017 rain or shine. Enjoy the meeting! Joanne

  4. Louise Garrett / Apr 20 2017 11:29 am

    Robert Bolling (1738 – 1775) resided at Chellow after leaving his father:s estate. Have not found any statement that father John Bolling resided there, which may be the case. See web site “Robert Bolling (1738-1775) Encyclopedia.” Robert was sent to Yorkshire County, UK for education and there met relatives, including William Bolling who resided at Chellow. The Bolling family lived there from late 1500s when they left Bolling Hall in Bradford. Chellow is a variant of an ancient name.

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 21 2017 8:46 am

      Louise, According to Garnett Williams, Col. Robert Bolling was followed by Lineaus Bolling and then the Hubbard family — a series of Robert Hubbards. Joanne

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 22 2017 6:37 am

      Louise, Feel free to contact me at with any Bolling material you would like to share, particularly about those who lived in Buckingham. My ancestor’s sister, Amanda E. Harris, married Dr. Lineaus Bolling in 1851. Joanne

  5. Steve Craig / Apr 20 2017 9:27 am

    Reblogged this on Piedmont Virginia Connections and commented:
    On Sunday, April 23rd, Historic Buckingham will hold its Spring Membership meeting at Chellow . . .

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 21 2017 8:44 am

      Steve, many thanks for “reblogging.” Let’s get some new members for Historic Buckingham! Joanne

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