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A Venable Ghost Story


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                                                   THE ESTHER THOM AS ATK INSON

                                                    OF HA MPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE
                                                                                                                                                M AY 2011

A Venable Ghost Story
Dr. Ray A. Gaskins
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics & Computer Science, H-SC

On Friday morning, November 10, 1775, young              Civil War but burned in 1877, five years after the        Further research revealed that Sweet Springs is
Samuel Woodson Venable was up at the crack               courthouse moved to Farmville. Judge Asa Dupuy         about 160 miles from Hampden-Sydney. In 1821
of dawn. This was the day of the official open-          Dickinson (1816-1884; H-SC 1836) and his wife,         embalming was still forty years in the future, and
ing of Hampden-Sydney College and he wanted              Sallie C. Irvine (1825-1899), were living there        the only way to move a corpse was in a sealed
to be the first student there. He was already the        when it burned.                                        coffin. If the Colonel died at Sweet Springs, it is
first student to register for classes and he wanted          Within a fortnight of his first wedding anniver-   probable that he was buried there. A search of the
to keep the string going. He grabbed something           sary, Samuel was named to the Board of Trustees        Sweet Springs cemetery led to the discovery of the
to eat, dashed out to the barn, saddled his horse,       of the College. This appointment gave him the          Colonel’s grave and the grave of his favorite son-in-
and was off at a gallop. He took the shortest route      lasting distinction of being the first alumnus to      law, Lt. Isaac Read, Jr. (1777-1823).
from Slate Hill to the College, which took him           become a Trustee. He would serve until
right past the future site of Mercy Seat Church          his death on September 7, 1821.
(1870).                                                      At their meeting on September 26,
    Samuel Woodson Venable (1756-1821) was the           1821, the Trustees took the unprec-                                                                            The gravestone of
first child born to Nathaniel Venable (1733-1804)        edented action of passing the following                                                                        Samuel Woodson
and Elizabeth Michaux Woodson (1740-1791) of             resolution and having it published in                                                                          Venable in Sweet
                                                                                                                                                                        Springs, Virginia,
Slate Hill. He was also the first Venable born in        the October 9th Richmond Enquirer:
                                                                                                                                                                        identical to that of
the fledgling county of Prince Edward (chartered         “Whereas it has pleased the Almighty
                                                                                                                                                                        his wife Mary at
in 1754). Samuel was coming of college age when          Ruler of the Universe in His wise provi-                                                                       Hampden-Sydney,
starting a college became a topic of conversation        dence to take unto Himself our worthy                                                                          below center.
at Slate Hill, so it was fitting that he should be its   and much lamented friend, Col. Samuel
first student.                                           W. Venable, by which dispensation
    In 1778, when Hampden-Sydney’s founding              Hampden Sidney College has lost one of
president, Samuel Stanhope Smith, returned to the        her firmest supporters and her board of
College of New Jersey (now Princeton), Samuel            Trustees one of its most efficient members,
went with him and graduated from there in 1780,          be it therefore Resolved unanimously that the
first in his class. Although Samuel did not gradu-       remaining members will wear crepe around the
ate from Hampden-Sydney, he is considered an             left arm for the space of thirty days as a token of
alumnus (HSC 1777).                                      respect and veneration for our departed friend.”
    In spite of British raids into Virginia during the       In compiling the book Cemeteries of Prince
summer of 1781, Samuel, who had participated             Edward and Surrounding Counties, I discovered
in the fighting, married Mary Scott Carrington           that Col. Samuel Woodson Venable was not
(1758-1837), daughter of Judge Paul Carrington           buried at College Church or any other cemetery in
(1733-1818) and Margaret Read (1734-1766) of             Prince Edward, including those at Springfield and
Mulberry Hill in Charlotte County. They were             Slate Hill. His wife, Mary, and his son, Samuel W.
married on August 15—two months before Lord              Venable, Jr. (1797-1855; HSC 1819), are both at           The Colonel’s tomb at Sweet Springs and
Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, effectively          College Church, but the Colonel was nowhere to         Mary’s tomb at College Church are identical.
ending the war. That both his father and father-in-      be found.                                              Both are above-ground three-foot-by-six-foot
law were Trustees of the College would bode well             After months of searching I found that in his      brick enclosures with marble tops. From his
for Samuel’s future.                                     old age Col. Venable used to visit the Spa at Sweet    death in 1821 to her death in 1837, his grave was
     Nathaniel Venable cut a chunk out of Slate          Springs in Monroe County, Virginia. He had             unmarked, perhaps because she intended at some
Hill and built the newlyweds a home less than            learned about the healing springs there from his       point to bring him home. A marker for his grave
a mile from Prince Edward Court House (now               mentor, Samuel Stanhope Smith. A check revealed        was provided in her will (written February 18,
Worsham). Samuel and Mary named their                    that the Spa at Sweet Springs had its own ceme-        1837). Without a marker, his grave would never
plantation Springfield. Their home survived the          tery because guests occasionally died there.           CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


A Venable Ghost Story                                                                                           Honor Roll of Donors, 2009-2010
How husband and wife, separated in death, visit                                                                 Friends who contributed to the operation of the
each other occasionally . . . page 1                                                                            Museum or to the new construction. . . page 2

Slate Hill exhibit a success                                                                                    Coming Exhibits
Archaeology, artifacts, and narrative came                                                                      From art to soldiers, something for everyone
together for an exhibit that attracted large                                                                    to see. . . page 4
numbers of visitors. . . page 2

                       have been found. The same craftsman who built
                       Mary’s tomb at College Church traveled to Sweet
                       Springs and built Samuel’s.
                                                                                       Slate Hill Unearthed
                                                                                       Angie Way
                          For twenty-five years all was quiet at both
                       cemeteries. In 1862, when Monroe and forty-
                                                                                       A staple of May Term at Hampden-Sydney is                       Slate Hill Plantation was a typical Virginia
                       nine other western counties voted to secede from
                                                                                       the Beneath This Hill Historical Archaeology                 working tobacco plantation. A cluster of buildings
                       Virginia and form the state of West Virginia, all
                                                                                       Class, in which Doctor Charles Pearson leads                 around the Venable home served the economic
                       was still quiet. But in 1863, when West Virginia
                                                                                       his Hampden-Sydney students to the place of                  and household needs of the plantation: a detached
                       was officially accepted into the Union, rumblings
                                                                                       the founding of Hampden-Sydney College, the                  kitchen, blacksmith shop, ice house, pigeon
                       began to be heard in the Sweet Springs cemetery.
                                                                                       site of Slate Hill Plantation. Students in the May           house, privies, stables, carriage house, and barns
                       The Colonel was now resting in enemy territory,
                                                                                       Term class have been working to reconstruct                  and storage buildings.
                       and he was not happy about it.
                                                                                       the 18th- and 19th-century landscapes at                        At the site, Dr. Pearson and his students work
                          The Colonel’s spirit had been watching over
                                                                                       Slate Hill Plantation. This work has included                on excavating, measuring, photographing, and
                       his descendants, so he was aware that two of his
                                                                                       identifying the locations and types of buildings             piecing together what remains of everyday life on
                       grandsons were staff officers in the Confederate
                                                                                       that once existed on the property. This effort               the plantation. According to Dr. Pearson,
                       Army of Northern Virginia. Major Andrew Reid
                                                                                       is made difficult because no early maps of the                  “The May Term class in Historical
                       Venable (HSC 1852) was on Gen. Stuart’s staff,
                                                                                       plantation exist—the earliest dates to 1911. All             Archaeology is structured to take students
                       and Lt. Col. Charles Scott Venable (HSC 1842)
                                                                                       the buildings at Slate Hill were removed many                along the path typically followed in historical
                       was on Gen. Lee’s. The Colonel’s spirit must have
                                                                                       years ago, and all that is visible today are a few           archaeology research. Students examine and
                       been, in short, fit to be tied.
                                                                                       foundations. Students rely on primary documents              discuss historical documents relating to Slate
                          In an effort to calm things down, Mary
                                                                                       such as original deeds, wills, probate inventories,          Hill Plantation; they learn the importance of oral
                       Carrington Venable’s spirit started coming out
                                                                                       and photographs, as well as oral histories and               histories, conducting interviews with individuals
                       on nights with a full moon. She would sit on her
                                                                                       archaeology.                                                 familiar with the plantation; they apply basic
                       tomb, look at the moon, and try to get through to
                       the Colonel. In time, the Colonel got the message,
                       calmed down, and started doing the same. Since
                       1863, there have been sightings, both here and
                       in West Virginia, of one or the other of them—
                       always during a full moon. The sightings here have
                       always been described in the same way—a woman
                       in a flowing white dress sitting on her tomb and
                       looking at the moon.
                          Now that we know where he is, will the
                       Colonel ever be brought back home? With all of
                       his firsts, if anyone deserves to be buried at the
                       College, it’s the Colonel. According to a local
                       funeral director, moving the Colonel here would
                       cost about $4,000, “just a matter of paperwork
                       and money.” There is a vacant space beside Mary
                       that has been waiting for Samuel for a very long
                       time. Twin brick tombs, side-by-side at College
                       Church, would be unique in all of Prince Edward
                       County and would be a must-see on anyone’s
                       cemetery tour.                                                  The Slate Hill exhibit included narrative panels, artifacts, and a model of the house.

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archæological field work in sessions at the                                                                    debris from excavation sites around the plantation
plantation site. Since the first class in the                                                                  grounds, but also that of their slaves. “Nathaniel
summer of 2006, students have examined                                                                         Venable, Sr., writes Dr. Pearson, “was a slave owner,
and collected a considerable amount of                                                                          as were all of his descendants who owned Slate Hill
information on the history and archaeology                                                                       through the Civil War. Slaves were used to work
of Slate Hill Plantation that has expanded                                                                        tobacco, the principal crop on the plantation.
our understanding of the lives of plantation                                                                       In fact, slaves normally composed the largest
residents.”                                                                                                         population living at Slate Hill for the first
    Dr. Pearson further writes, “Since 2007,                                                                        125 years of its existence… Tax records in the
May Term classes have been excavating the                                                                          Prince Edward County Courthouse reveal that
buried foundations of the detached kitchen                                                                       Nathaniel Venable owned forty-three slaves in
building located a short distance away from                                                                     1783, making him the third largest slave holder in
the Slate Hill house. They have exposed                                                                        the county. “
portions of the kitchen foundation and                                                                             Today, Hampden-Sydney College owns the land
recovered a variety of artifacts related to its use.                                                           where Nathaniel Venable built his home in 1756, as
The discovery of the kitchen was guided by                                                                     well as that of the 1730s house of Joseph Morton,
early 19th-century Mutual Assurance Company                                                                    Jr., the original settler of the property. Further ties
fire insurance policies that include sketch maps                                                               to the College exist through the descendants of
showing the location of the kitchen, as well as its                                                            Richard Venable.
dimensions.                                                                                                        Richard N. Venable, son of Nathaniel Venable
    The Slate Hill kitchen was separated from           China fragments from the Slate Hill trash deposit.     attended Hampden-Sydney before going to
the main residence, a common practice on                                                                       Princeton, where he graduated in 1782. Richard N.
southern plantations. Kitchens contained open          1756, the year Nathaniel Venable built his home.        Venable was a committed supporter of the College;
fireplaces and hearths, so a separate kitchen          It was standing in 1803, when it was depicted           he served on the Board of Trustees for more than
building decreased the danger of fire in the main      on the earliest fire insurance policy for Slate Hill    forty years and, along with his father and brothers,
residence—as well as separating slaves, who did        Plantation. The kitchen was still standing in the       provided much financial support to the College
most of the cooking and kitchen work, from the         1930s, according to Mrs. Annie Harkleroad, who          during its early years.
residents in the main house, reinforcing the social    remembered it from when she was a young girl.”
mores of the times.                                        The students found surprising treasures at          The information in this article comes from the labels
    Early 19th-century insurance policies show         the site, especially in the circa-1790 trash pit. Dr.   and panel text of an exhibit that recently closed at
that the Slate Hill kitchen was forty feet long and    Pearson notes that “at the time it was common to        the Atkinson Museum, Beneath This Hill: Historical
sixteen feet wide—exactly the dimensions of the        simply throw food waste and broken items to the         Archaeology at Slate Hill Plantation, Birthplace of
brick foundation discovered in the archæological       rear or sides of buildings.” What was trash to the      Hampden-Sydney College.
field work. Larger than most Virginia plantation       residents over two hundred years ago is now part           The exhibit continues to circulate to area schools
kitchens, the building may also have contained         of the historical record of their lives at Slate Hill   and at the time of printing was on display at Fuqua
storerooms, quarters for household slaves, and         Plantation as the varied items recovered from the       School. With the help of Dr. Richard McClintock,
possibly other facilities, such as a laundry.          trash pit include pieces of plates, cups, saucers,      Dr. Pearson created the panels and labels that
    No evidence of the kitchen hearth has been         chamber pots and other ceramic items, buttons,          accompanied materials excavated by his students.
found at the ends of the building; a fire insurance    pipes and pipe stems, pieces of glass bottles, glass       The work at Slate Hill Plantation continues. For
policy issued to Nathaniel Venable in 1803             beads, thimbles, straight pins, and very large          more information concerning the May Term course
contains a sketch of the kitchen with the chimney      numbers of nails and animal bones—debris                in historical archaeology, please see the Hampden-
near the middle of the building.                       typically associated with kitchen activities, such as   Sydney College May Term Web Page at www.hsc.edu/
    It is unknown when the Slate Hill kitchen was      food preparation, cooking, and butchering.              Academics/May-Term-2011.html
built. It may have been constructed as early as            Not only is Venable family life recorded in the

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                        If you haven’t heard about our new front                                                                                                              A columned porch, matching those on other            in the new walk.                                                                                                                                                                                                                HOW TO HELP?
                        entrance, here is brief overview of the project                                                                                                       College buildings, provides shelter for entering        The new lobby now serves as an introductory                                                                                                                                                                                  At this point,
                        and of the reasons for undertaking it.                                                                                                                visitors, who used to have to stand uncovered        area. The visitor is greeted by the large busts of                                                                                                                                                                              $130,000 has been
                            The front door of the Atkinson Museum—                                                                                                            before the door. An additional benefit of the        Patrick Henry and James Madison, early trust-                                                                                                                                                                                   raised toward the
                        unchanged since the building’s former use as a                                                                                                        project is the replacement and upgrading of the      ees of the College, set off by banners containing                                                                                                                                                                               $170,00 project cost.
                        post office—opened directly from the outdoors                                                                                                         obsolete heating, cooling, and ventilation system    quotations by them. The Museum collage is also                                                                                                                                                                                  If you would like to help
                        into the exhibit space, allowing outdoor tem-                                                                                                         for the front half of the Museum, fulfilling         hung there, to alert visitors to the breadth of                                                                                                                                                                                 with this worthwhile
                        perature and humidity to invade the building                                                                                                          another facilities survey recommendation.            displays within.                                                                                                                                                                                                                project, please make
                        with every visitor. It has long been a goal of the                                                                                                        In addition, the sidewalk has been raised           We have had overwhelmingly positive                                                                                                                                                                                          your check payable to
                        curators to find a way to minimize the effect of                                                                                                      level with the street to provide unhindered          response, especially about the graciousness of the                                                                                                                                                                              “Hampden-Sydney
                        outside climate on the air inside the Museum;                                                                                                         access to the Museum without a ramp. The me-         space and the increased visibility of the Museum                                                                                                                                                                                College” and attach a
                        that goal was reinforced as a high priority in the                                                                                                    morial bricks have been reset into a grid pattern    from College Road.                                                                                                                                                                                                              note stating that your
                        recent facilities survey by the American Associa-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          contribution is for the
                                                                                                                                                                              The new front addition to the Museum provides both an airlock and a welcoming space for visitors.                                                                                                                                                                                    Museum entry addition.
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                        raised, so that almost three quarters of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sydney, VA 23943, or
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                            The addition in effect extends the old façade
                        forward about ten feet, providing not only an
                        airlock but also an entry vestibule for visitor
                        reception and even introductory material.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ON E X HIBIT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  efforts to preserve and protect valuable natural areas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  important role that art and artists have played in our nation’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Virginia artist Beverly Rhoads, helping viewers recognize the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  exhibition of plein air paintings of Acadia National Park by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Following Seas: From Pretty Marsh to Great Head,” an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, the back gallery held

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of higher learning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hampden-Sydney men in leading and establishing institutions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Higher Learning. The thirty-foot linear display traces the role of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gallery with a special exhibition, Hampden-Sydney’s Leaders in

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the visit of inauguration speaker Ken Burns.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sydney, and in the back gallery an exhibition complemented
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The front gallery display emphasized the history of Hampden-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  inauguration of the College’s president, Christopher Howard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Two new exhibits this fall meshed with the themes of the

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Complementing Ken Burns’ spectacular documentary,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Iconic artifacts and images continue on display in the front
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and fine arts major thesis projects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Featuring work by photography and portraiture classes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Student Fine Arts Show
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Opening Reception: Thursday, April 28, 4:30 Pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         April 28 - May 8, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Age of Jim Crow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Take Our Stand: the African American Military Experience in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 February 8 through March 26
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Beneath This Hill: Archæology at Slate Hill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   November 18 to February 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Following Seas: From Pretty Marsh to Great Head
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 October 7 through November 13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hampden-Sydney College’s Leaders in Higher Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   September 2 through December 10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2010-2011 Exhibits
                                                                                            Saturday, 10 am–2 pm. Closed during College holidays.

                                                                                          Other times by appointment, (434) 223-6134.
                                                                                          Summer: Wednesday and Friday, 12:30–4:30.
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