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May 31, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

For Sale: Chellow

Chellow, Buckingham County, Virginia.

Courtesy Virginia Department of Historic Resources.


In 1847, the Bolling-owned plantation, Chellow, was offered for sale. Located in Buckingham County, east of Willis’ Mountain, Chellow was conveniently situated five miles from Ca Ira (Cumberland County), five miles from Curdsville (Buckingham County), and eleven miles east of Buckingham Courthouse. Both towns offered “merchant mills” and markets, particularly for the selling of tobacco.

The terms of the sale were typical, asking for one fourth cash in the balance to be paid in three annual installments. P. A. Bolling resided at Chellow and Robert Bolling, who placed the advertisement, asked that communications be addressed to his brother at Ca Ira, Cumberland County or to himself, at Virginia Mills, Buckingham County. If the property was not sold privately, it would be offered at public auction on Thursday, September 23, 1847.

The advertisement which ran in the Richmond newspapers described the plantation as well as the mills. It read as follows:


The subscriber offers this valuable Estate, and beautiful country residence, for sale. Situated in a healthy region of country, and in a wealthy and refined neighborhood, it presents an opportunity for investment rarely to be met with. The improvements are very excellent, consisting of a large and handsome dwelling house, and all necessary yard and farm buildings.

Chellow contains 1,780 acres of land; about 150 acres of bottomland, well adapted to grain and grass, 7 or 800 acres of timber land, in original growth, mostly oak and hickory. The land is well adapted to planting and farming, with a large body of good tobacco land to clear.


The subscriber, also, offers the Chellow Mills for sale which is now being thoroughly repaired. The wheat mill has all necessary convenient fixtures for manufacturing flour and a corn mill, with a large custom. The mills are well situated in a wealthy neighborhood, and afford a capital stand for a country store. The subscriber will sell the whole together, or the plantation and mills separate, to suit purchasers.—If mills are sold separately, 50 acres of land will be sold with them.

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Click here for more about Powhatan A. Bolling.




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  1. susanemertfamhistlady / May 31 2018 8:05 am

    Hello Joanne,

    I enjoyed read your article this morning. I checked Genealogy Bank, a subscription service, and found several advertisements for Chellow, all very readable. A good copy appeared in the Richmond Whig, Tuesday August 17th, 1847, Vol:24 Issue:66 Page 2. Hope this helps.

    Susan Emert

    • Joanne Yeck / May 31 2018 8:42 am

      Susan, Thanks! I’ll go look and improve the post. Joanne

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