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October 2, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

 Buckingham Houses: Mount Pleasant

Photo courtesy Samuel P. Clarke

In 1960, Charlottesville’s Daily Progress ran an unsigned article about the history of Buckingham County’s Mount Pleasant entitled: “Patteson Heirs Still Have Original Mt. Pleasant Grant.”  At the time, Miss Lulie Patteson was a regular correspondent for the newspaper and it seems likely that she either wrote the article or provided the information.  Notably, Mount Pleasant, built in about 1796 by Maj. David Patteson, had remained in the family since the land was originally granted. In 1960, the home was owned by Mrs. O. P. Maxey.

The first dwelling houses on the land were wooden homes, followed by the large brick one built by Maj. Patteson. The article goes on to describe it:

Mt. Pleasant was made of brick molded on the place. It has a full basement, a double hall and four rooms on the first floor; a double hall and four rooms on the second floor. Two stairways lead from the first to the second floor; a single stairway takes one from the second floor to the two attic rooms. Modern conveniences, such as bathrooms, have been added in recent years.

The equally mature grounds included notable boxwood:

Priceless boxwood hedges enclose the great lawn and many old oaks shade its green expanse. To have remained in the possession of the same family for well over 200 years is indeed a unique distinction for any estate. It now belongs to the six children of the late George W. Patteson, who was a Confederate Veteran and one time treasurer of Buckingham County.

Photo courtesy Samuel P. Clarke

Additionally, the article speculates about the family graveyard:

It is not known how many of this family’s deceased members have been laid to their resting place in the cemetery here. But there are many, many graves as could be expected from the four or five generations since the first internments. And Maj. David and Judith had twelve children themselves.

Coming next: Buckingham Notables: The Patteson Family


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  1. Patt Findley Freedman / Oct 8 2017 6:25 pm

    Wonderful article! Also, this photo was taken at special time of day – in the late afternoon …known to me as “the golden time”

    • Joanne Yeck / Oct 9 2017 7:41 am

      Thanks, Patt!

  2. Denise Bramhall / Oct 5 2017 8:16 am

    Just curious if the public can visit this property?

    • Joanne Yeck / Oct 6 2017 6:44 am

      Denise, The house burned. I don’t know the current owners, however, you could doubtless visit the cemetery. See Eric’s comment. Thanks for your interest. Joanne

  3. Eric Grundset / Oct 2 2017 7:28 am

    I was fortunate to visit Mount Pleasant twice in the late 1970s to talk with Miss Janie Christian, an elderly cousin of the then-owners still surnamed Patteson and a distant cousin of mine. One of my great great grandmothers was Olivia Elizabeth Patteson Spencer, a cousin of the branch that owned the house. It was a wonderful structure with a long center hallway with flanking rooms, but it wasn’t huge. A very wide wooden staircase led to the second floor and several bedrooms. I so wish now that I had asked if I could take some photographs of the interior since the house burned down in the 1980s or early 1990s and still kick myself for not doing that. But it was someone’s private home. I do have vivid images in my memory of what it looked like inside and out. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources in Richmond has a file on the house with floor plans and a couple of photos. Some exterior images appear in various Buckingham County publications. Fortunately, George Patteson of this branch of the family placed 11 or 12 boxes of Patteson Family Papers in the Library of Virginia many years ago and long before the fire.

    The cemetery has been marked with a small obelisk. It is not too far east of the house. A long allée of trees lines the drive from the road directly to the house, but nowadays a chain crosses the entrance way to prevent people from entering the property. The fire was a sad end of a wonderful historic structure. I’m so glad I got to go inside those times

    • Joanne Yeck / Oct 2 2017 11:53 am

      Eric, Many thanks for your thoughtful comment. More coming soon about the Patteson family. Joanne

  4. Larry lamb / Oct 2 2017 6:43 am

    Great house and wonderful history of it and look forward to the next chapter.I worked with Mike Patterson at UVA. He was from scottsville and had deep roots in the area.I am sure he would be kin to the Pattersons here.Mount Pleasents reminds me of the Cedars a beautiful old estate near our home here in western Albemarle. It was owned by Chilie Langhorne.

    • Joanne Yeck / Oct 2 2017 11:54 am

      Larry, Thanks for you comment. More coming. Stay tuned! Joanne

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