Wednesday, May 22, 2013

James River: Shirley Plantation Garden & Outbuildings

The Formal Garden




McCormick reaper

From left: storage building, smoke house, laundry house

Inside the smoke house.

Meat hanging in the smoke house.
The log corn crib is currently home to the chickens.

Meet the chickens

Corn crib

The not-so-colonial farm buildings

The very not-so-colonial mobile generator (in the red building) and diesel tank. In severe weather such as hurricanes, severe winds, or ice storms, Shirley Plantation may lose power for up to two weeks.
The Animals

Meet the goats

Meet all the animals at Shirley



Many of the outbuildings still have their original doors, that include small holes for the cats to go in and out to hunt mice.

Tunnah in the kitchen.

Tunnah likes to sight-see the sight-seers.

I didn't meet Tunnah's friend Sugah, who likes to hang out in the gift shop, or either of the dogs on this visit, but one of the dogs did greet me on a previous visit. Meet Shirley's other pets.

A tree-lined lane has led visitors to Shirley for four hundred years.
The dove cote sits opposite visitor parking.
Dove cote

Inside the dove cote, squab was raised for the table
(you'd think someone could have made up a more
appetizing name than squab).

The roof of the dove cote was designed to allow doves to fly in and out.

The pump house sits between the
kitchen and Great House.
The public restrooms are not colonial either, but would have come in handy when McClellan was here.

At the time I first visited Shirley, the plantation was owned by Charles Hill Carter, Jr., who lived with his wife on the second floor, while their son lived on the third. By my second visit, Mr. and Mrs. Carter had moved into this house:

Mr. Carter's retirement home ... presumably a little more accessible than the upper floors of an 18th century manor house.

While researching these posts, I learned that Charles Hill Carter, Jr. passed away at the age of 90 a year after my last visit. Born nearby, he graduated college with a degree in agriculture, served in civil defense during World War II, then went to work for the cousin who owned Shirley at the time. He inherited the estate from his cousin in 1950, and soon opened the first floor of the home to tourists.

The elder Mr. Carter's home is visible across the cotton field between the kitchen and ice house.

Cotton field in September.

Corn crib

Stable, smokehouse

Storage building

Ice house, storage building


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