Home Site- Buckingham County, Virginia
Green Hill, built by John Cabell (1743-1815), was a mile above Elm Cottage in Buckingham County. The property is on Routes 605 and 606 in Buckingham County, now part of the James River State Park.
The two-story house was built about 1762 of heart pine. It had “a cellar and dormer windows in the shingled attic; two sturdy chimneys stood at either end. Approached by steep flights of stairs, the roofs of high porches were supported by tall white pillars.”
Timeline of Green Hill Ownership
- John Cabell. It is not known when the original Green Hill was destroyed but John Cabell was living at Elm Cottage at the time of his death.
- Frederick (1768-1841) purchased Green Hill from his father’s (John) heirs.
- Frederick’s son, Louis (Lewis) Warrington Cabell (1814-1890) inherited the property.
- In the 1880’s Louis Cabell sold the property to Madison P. Dixon who built an exact replica of John Cabell’s Green Hill on Green Hill’s original foundations around 1886. According to the Dixons, there was garden behind the house where John Cabell was buried. When they plowed the garden, bricks, from the graveyard, would surface.
- The Dixons sold the property and the house was demolished in the 1980’s.
Green Hill Site. View of Forkfield across the James River from the Green Hill site (Photo circa 2009 courtesy Archer Mindardi).