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  1. Margot Thigpen / May 2 2014 6:09 pm

    I am the current owner of the Raleigh Tavern which was relocated to the Ashland VA area. I have found a little info regarding the tavern but would love to know more.

  2. Dave Duncan / Feb 19 2014 12:54 pm

    Hi, Joanne! My grandfather had a younger sister (Bernice Esther Duncan) that was killed when she was struck by lightning at the age of four. I’ve often wondered if I might be able to find a statement/article in a local newspaper about this incident. They were living somewhere in the Slate River District, Buckingham County. Bernice’s date of death was August 22, 1904. I know that she is buried in the old Harris Family Cemetery off of Rte 617. Do you know of any good resources for an out-of-stater like me to find this kind of information? Thanks!

    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 19 2014 1:04 pm

      Dave, Below are links to two free databases of historic newspapers, one maintained by the Library of Virginia and the other by the Library of Congress. What a sad story about little Bernice. Best of luck in your search! Joanne

      • Dave Duncan / Feb 19 2014 1:25 pm

        Thank you so much, Joanne!

  3. Carolyn H. Wilkerson / Oct 2 2013 2:36 pm

    Just discovered your newsletter. Actually someone gave me a sheet of it and I had to look it
    up. I would certainly like to subscribe to it as my both sides of my family, Harding, Hudgins Davis Flippen are from Buckingham. Looking forward to a reply.

    • Joanne Yeck / Oct 3 2013 8:14 am

      Thanks Carolyn. You can subscribe to Slate River Ramblings. Use the “follow” box on the right. Each new post will be delivered to the email address you provide. Welcome and please explore the archives. Joanne

  4. Diane Runyon / May 20 2013 9:46 am

    I have really enjoyed your site. I am a friend of Pam Browning and would love to talk history with you. I am a historical researcher and a teacher at Spencer’s school. It is nice to find a kindred spirit.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 20 2013 9:48 am

      Diane, Thanks for visiting! I’ll write more by email.

  5. Frank B. Caldwell, III / May 6 2013 9:32 am

    Dear Ms. Yeck,
    I read a copy of the Buckingham Beacon this weekend and was delighted to find the information on the old Malone School. My name is Frank Caldwell and I am the son of Alberta Anderson and first cousin to Powell Anderson and Martha Rollings.

    The article incorrectly stated that Richard Malone was their grandpa. Richard Malone was my mother’s great grandfather and Martha’s great great grandpa. No big deal but thought you might be interested in that correction.

    My son and I now own 250 ac. of the original 1000 ac. farm. This makes six generations of continuous ownership in the family. The farm is named Rose Hill and seven years ago, I renovated the original house. I grew up on this farm and have always had a great interest in the farm and Buckingham County. I would be glad to give you a tour of the house and share some additional information that my mother has assembled on the farm if you would like.

    I just found your blog this morning and I look forward to reading the information that you have assembled on Buckingham County. Thanks for your good work.

    Frank B. Caldwell, III
    Great Great Grandson of Richard Malone.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 6 2013 9:56 am

      Hello Frank,

      Thanks for writing and joining us here at Slate River Ramblings. I would like to learn more about Rose Hill, your house, and the old Malone School. I found the oral history about the family a bit confusing and am not surprised I was in error about the Richard Malone generations. Thanks for letting me know. I’ll correct the blog post. Please write to me at so we can continue the conversation about Rose Hill and the possibility of a future visit.


    • Bruce McDonald / Sep 6 2013 1:27 pm


      I am also a great-great grandson of Richard and Mary Ann, so we’re third cousins. I have a copy of your mother’s wonderful, wistful memoir on Rose Hill, as it was updated in 1986. I’m glad to read that it is still in the care of the family and that you have renovated it. I too would like to think I might visit and see it someday.

      On my family tree I have some of the Malone information and some notes about the home on Church Hill where they lived before Rose Hill. (Photos, places, Malone: Then and Now pictures of the old Malone house, and an article on its history.)

  6. Langden Mason / Apr 12 2013 9:26 am


    My wife and I are long-time Scottsvillians who now reside in Centenary. We are finishing up the renovation of the “Ridgeway School” on Rock Island Road which is now our retirement home. In Ingram’s and White’s book Buckingham County, there is a photo of the school back in the 40’s–it was one of the first African-American schools established in the county. We would like to pay homage to its roots by placing a sign/marker at the end of the road. We are having some difficulties finding the exact date it was established. Would you have information on it? Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks,
    Langden Mason

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 12 2013 10:51 am

      Records about Buckingham schools are few and scattered. At present, I can’t help you with more information about Ridgeway School. Charles White might be able to help. Also, if you haven’t already, check with Historic Buckingham. I continue to collect information about schools in the county and will let you if I find anything. Joanne

  7. Miranda Burnett / Feb 21 2013 7:06 am

    As my husband would ask, “What’s the deal with Centenary? Why do they have their own road sign for 5 houses?” We’ve lived north of Centenary for 4 years now, and have never been able to find out any information. Could you help in this area?

    Thank you for all your information about Buckingham. Local history is one of my favorite topics, even though I’m not a native!

    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 21 2013 7:12 am

      Miranda, I’ve just added Centenary to my list of future blog posts. Several of my families lived in that area and attended Centenary Methodist Church. As you’ve discovered by now, Buckingham County is full of signs marking places that used to be!

  8. Nancy Davies Mickles / Jan 27 2013 3:04 pm

    I was lucky enough to stumble upon Slate River Ramblings the other day while going to the Arvon Presbyterian Church site. I was so glad to see the old Williams house that I hadn’t seen in years. I still own a house in the area, but never have enough time to tour the neighborhood. I live in Mechanicsville, VA now, but try to visit Buckingham often.

    I noticed that you mentioned some Welsh names in your Williams article. The name of Davis was not familar to me as one of the Welsh names in the neighborhood. The name is probably Davies. My ggrandfather David Davies came to Buckingham from Caernarvonshire Wales in the late l800s to work at Williams Slate Quarry. After that, his son, my grandfather, and my father worked there. Except for my father, they are buried in the Welsh Cemetery across from the Arvon Presbyterian Church. My father told me so many stories of the Welsh people that came to Buckingham. My ggrandfather was a charter member of Arvon Presbyterian which was then the Welsh Chapel. The services and singing were originally in the Welsh language.

    Thanks for so many interesting posts about various places in Buckingham.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jan 27 2013 4:08 pm

      Thanks, Nancy. I’ll be posting more about Arvonia, the slate quarries, and the influence of the Welsh in Buckingham. Arvon Presbyterian Church will be coming up as one of Buckingham’s important and distinctive churches. Davies is indeed a common Welsh name and I’ll add your family to the list in the post.

  9. Elizabeth Nuckols Lee / Jan 11 2013 8:35 am

    Can you post a map of the Slate River area? My family was from New Canton, Gold Hill, and Nuckols (my family name). I’ve always thought they were Slate River towns (yes, I know – I live in a very rural area also where towns are drive bys/don’t blink).

    • Joanne Yeck / Jan 11 2013 8:42 am

      Elizabeth — I’d be delighted to post some detail maps. Watch for them soon!

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