By Marc R. Matrana
The nice majority of the South's plantation houses were destroyed over the years, and lots of have lengthy been forgotten. In misplaced Plantations of the South, Marc R. Matrana weaves jointly images, diaries and letters, architectural renderings, and different infrequent records to inform the tale of sixty of those vanquished estates and the folks who as soon as known as them home.
From plantations that have been destroyed through traditional catastrophe equivalent to Alabama's Forks of Cypress, to people who have been deliberately demolished corresponding to Seven Oaks in Louisiana and Mount very good in Kentucky, Matrana resurrects those misplaced mansions. together with plantations during the South in addition to border states, Matrana conscientiously tracks the histories of every from the earliest days of development to the customarily contentious struggles to maintain those irreplaceable ancient treasures. misplaced Plantations of the South explores the basis factors of loss of life and gives realizing and perception on how classes discovered in those unhappy losses can assist hinder destiny upkeep crises. shooting the voices of masters and mistresses along these of slaves, and that includes a couple of hundred based archival illustrations, this ebook explores the strong and intricate histories of those cardinal houses around the South.
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Gunnell died in 1946, and the plantation was divided into parcels and split among family members, including Donald B. , and his wife, Amenie Gunnell Boatner. Bruce C. Gunnell constructed a modern home on the plantation lands, near the public road. 49 It was around this time, in 1948, that the Bush Hill Plantation house was rented for a nursery school called Holly Hills Preschool. Sadly, the school ceased classes in 1977, after vandals broke into the plantation mansion, destroying furnishings and wreaking great havoc to the interior.
The new house was a one-and-one-half-story structure with a large gabled roof. The main portion of the house measured approximately twenty and a half feet deep by nearly fifty-one feet wide. A ten-foot-by-ten-foot square front porch covered with a steep roof and gracefully arched openings welcomed visitors. It may have been added at a later date. The façade was originally symmetrical, with five bays and dormers above. On the back of the house a nearly square room of approximately thirteen and a half by fourteen and a half feet con- tained a fireplace and may have served any number of purposes.
This fancy type of brickwork is quite unusual for the time period and represents dedication to style and design as well as true skill on the part of the bricklayers. The plantation remained in the Cocke family until the late eighteenth century. It served during this time period as a campsite for Revolutionary War soldiers, including the Marquis de Lafayette. Malvern Hill was purchased by Robert Nelson, brother of Thomas Nelson of York Town, prior to the turn of the century. A few years later the plantation again served as a campground for soldiers during the War of 1812.