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Cabell Homes

Details on the homes and life on the plantations are available in personal journals and letters, court records, newspapers, and folklore. Alexander Brown first published the history of the early Cabells in 1895 in “The Cabells and Their Kin”. The body of information related to the historic Cabell homes has been maintained since the 1990’s by Archer Minardi and provided in the publication “Cabell Family Homes”.

Contributions of Enslaved Persons

From the time Dr. Cabell settled in Nelson County through the first half of the 19th century, the Cabell descendants built homes that reflected their prosperity and positions in the community. The prosperity enjoyed by the Cabell’s on their plantations was in large part due to enslaved persons performing the manual labor associated with running the farm, mills, blacksmiths, boats, and plantation house. By 1780, William Cabell Sr. of Union Hill counted 100 enslaved persons working on his plantation. As the land was divided with each generation and marriage, so was the population of enslaved persons. In 1864, Mayo Cabell of Union Hill counted 31 enslaved persons working on his plantation.

As ongoing research uncovers the names and details of some of these enslaved persons working the Cabell plantations, this information is provided along with architectural, and Cabell family history details for each home.

See Map of Cabell Homes

Click on the Map name (Map-of-Cabell-Homes) to open the map in a new window (you can also download a copy to save). The red circle in central Virginia encompasses most of the homes in Nelson, Buckingham, and Amherst Counties, Virginia.

Works Consulted

The following works were used for material on all of the pages of the Cabell Homes

Additional Works Consulted

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