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Fernley – Wirt Robinson Collection Wirt Robinson (1864-1929), grandson of Clifford Cabell, was born at Fernley and spent
  his summers at Fernley.

Home Site- Buckingham County, Virginia

Fernley, which was on route 605 in Buckingham County, no longer exists; however another house has been built on the site.


Fernley was a two-story frame home with a rock foundation and 3 rock chimneys. It had a center hall with a room on each side (approximately 20 x 20) with fireplaces on the inside walls.  The first floor windows were from ceiling to floor while on the 2nd floor there were 3 dormer windows across the front.  The reverse dormers contained lead troughs set into the roof.  The lead was removed and used for bullets during the Civil War. A two story front porch was supported by large wooden posts, which were supposedly pulled down by Union troops and used for firewood. There was a one-story kitchen at the rear of the main floor.  There were 2 more rooms on the rear.  To the left of the back of the main house was an icehouse and in 1988 (and in 2004) the original barn, which was approximately 100 yards from the original house, was still standing.

During the Civil War, a hospital was built in the woods behind Fernley, hidden from the Northern troops. Dr. Clifford Cabell treated the Confederate soldiers in this hospital.

Timeline of Fernley Ownership

Additional Site Photos

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