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Early Iron Works
Nearly 300 years ago, this land on the South bank of the North Anna was owned by Charles Chiswell, an early 18th Century Williamsburg political insider and one of the lake region’s great entrepreneurs.

Chiswell was born in…

Whether the Cosby's made their own beer for dispersion in the Tavern is not known; however, the following recipe was found among the family papers.
11 To Make 15 Galls of Beer
2 114 Galls. good molasses
112 Bushel wheat Brans, to be clean…

Four generations of Boxley women who called the Boxley Place home have been visionaries and leaders in the town and county of Louisa. First in the story is Ethel Glascow Whyte Boxley who understood the need to preserve the cultural and architectural…

Patrick Henry's home in Louisa was located a distance off the Old Mountain Road near Roundabout Creek. He lived here from 1765-1768 and during that time represented Louisa County in the Virginia colonial House of Burgesses. In the years before the…

Slave Insurrection

“A rumor, of a most alarming nature, has for some days past agitated the public mind in the neighboring counties”, stated a notice in the March 2, 1816 Richmond Enquirer. The disturbance was the trials then underway in…

Hostilities with the Indians again arose in the summer of 1763. Cornstalk, the Shawnee chief, raided English settlements in western Virginia while Pontiac besieged Detroit. July massacres at Tull’s Hill (Bedford County), Muddy Creek (Cumberland…

Native People in Louisa County

Although Native People were present in Central Virginia for more than 12,000 years, Louisa County was sparsely inhabited when the first English men were establishing themselves at Jamestown. There may have been no…

Born at Bear Castle in 1743, Dabney Carr was a boyhood friend of Thomas Jefferson, and a classmate in the late 1750s of Jefferson, James Madison and John Taylor at Reverend James Maury’s school on the Louisa-Albermarle County line. In 1758, when…

On an unusually warm June afternoon in 1781, John “Jack” Jouett was at Cuckoo Tavern, a short distance from his father’s plantation at Walnut Hill. The Jouetts had moved to Albemarle County, but it is likely Jack was at the Walnut Hill property…

Daniel Boone and Capt. Yancey

As a result of his service in the Virginia Militia, during the American Revolution and the earlier French and Indian War, Captain Charles Yancey, who bought Headquarters from Colonel Richard Anderson, was granted 1000…