Sunnyside, 2008. Photo courtesy of Archer Minardi

Home Site- Nelson County, Virginia

Sunnyside is located on Route 647 in Nelson County, Virginia. It is designated as part of the Norwood-Wingina Rural Historic District by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.


The one and one-half story home was built in the 1790’s as a tenant home on one of the Cabell’s plantations. Several additions were added in the early twentieth century.

Timeline of Sunnyside Ownership

  • 1870- Sunnyside was the home of Margaret Baldwin Cabell and Robert L. Brown after their return from running a Female Seminary in Lynchburg Virginia for ten years.
    • Margaret (1826-1877) was the daughter of Mayo Cabell and Mary Cornelia Baldwin. Robert (1820-1849) was the son of Lucy Shands Rives and Alexander Brown.
    • Both Margaret & Robert died at Sunnyside and are buried at Union Hill, which at that time of their deaths, was the home of his eldest son, Alexander Brown.

Additional Photos

Sunnyside, 2008. Photos courtesy of Archer Minardi.

Sunnyside, date unknown. Courtesy Virginia Department of Historic Resources