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November 18, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Houses: Rosny, 1959, Part I

Rosny, 1959. Photo by Wojnicki. Courtesy Daily Progress.

In 1959, Charlottesville’s Daily Progress published the article “Historic ‘Rosny’ Built as Result of Family Spat” written by Mrs. R. J. Wojnicki, who begins by describing the “lovely home” which sits on a hill overlooking Rosny Road in Buckingham County. The house was surrounded by four acres of lawn and stood among huge oak trees. Cattle and sheep grazed on the property. To one side is Rosny Creek and Whispering Creek runs below the lawn.

Mrs. Wojnicki wrote:

The house is mainly in its original state. Nothing had been added to the structure since 1835. “Rosny” was constructed of the very best materials — hand hewn logs and pegs with shop-made nails.

The four-story, framed dwelling house has walls 12 inches thick and a basement of brick which reaches several feet above the level of the ground. The home contains 13 large rooms, three of which are in the basement.

There are eight fireplaces with mantels of classic design. Some of them are trimmed in a distinctive notched pattern. Around the top of the portico at the front entrance is an ornate hand–carved beading. The doors are very wide with six or eight panels. The doors are fastened with large English locks, all in their original state. In most of the rooms there are chair rails, all hand–carved.

Unusual features on the first floor include a wide hall reaching through the main part of the house. This hall, about 12 feet in width, leads from the front entrance above which are panes of glass. Approximately 20 feet inward (beyond which the hall continues) there is a huge archway carved from heavy walnut 10 inches in width. This archway reaches upward about 11 feet. Hanging from a series of brass chains is an antique lamp of hand-painted glass ornamented with brass fittings.

Beyond the archway the hall continues on to the left, and at the end of it is a wide, winding stairway of walnut. Heavy dark wood paneling is beneath the stairs. Between the stairway and the paneling is a graceful curve design. What was at one time a room 15 feet wide and 36 feet long is now divided into two rooms of equal size, but the wooden arch from the walls to ceiling is still intact showing the original plan of what is said to have been a ballroom.

To learn more about Rosny click on the following link:

Buckingham Houses: Rosny

Coming next, Buckingham Houses: Rosny, 1959, Part II


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  1. Jean L. Cooper / Nov 18 2021 9:14 am

    Hi there! Several years ago the Central Virginia Heritage newsletter published three slaves lists, two from Chellowe and one from Rosny, I believe. Here’s the citation:

    “Three Slave Lists in the Hubard Family Papers in the Manuscripts Department of the University of Virginia Library.” Central Virginia Heritage, Winter 1998 (v. 15, no. 1)

    • Joanne Yeck / Nov 18 2021 11:37 am

      Thanks, Jean!

  2. Toni E Mitchell / Nov 18 2021 6:15 am

    Have you done a piece on Saratoga? It’s another plantation on chellowe rd


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