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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

062-0004 Edgewood

Edgewood
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VLR Listing Date 03/08/2006

NRHP Listing Date 05/02/2006

NPS property number 06000354

Established as a plantation circa 1790, Edgewood, in Nelson County, was part of the extensive Cabell family land holdings acquired during the latter 18th and early 19th centuries, totaling 58,000 acres in Goochland, Amherst, Nelson, and Buckingham counties. Although Edgewood’s main house burned in 1955, today’s 65-acre property near the James River includes the ruins of the main house; a circa-1820 cottage; an 18th-century dovecote, dairy and smokehouse; an early 19th century icehouse and corncrib; a mid-19th-century barn or granary; a cemetery, and later buildings including a circa-1940 machine shed that appears to have been constructed on the foundation of a slave quarters. The property, which remains in the Cabell family, is associated with Joseph Carrington Cabell, a delegate to Virginia’s General Assembly, and one of the primary organizers of the University of Virginia. Edgewood is also associated with the once-thriving town of Warminster, an early port for shipping tobacco via bateaux, platted in 1788 on 20 acres of Cabell-owned land along the James River, near the mouth of Swan Creek.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated September 10, 2018