Name This Place 7.4.2

Categories: Architectural Research, Contest, Historic Preservation

11 replies

  1. Waverley up near West Point in Clay County. c. 1852 Listed on the NRHP in 1973 and made an NHL in 1974.

    It was built for George Hampton Young, and housed Confederate officers, including Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.


  2. And, it was designed by Charles I. Pond of St. Louis, MO. Mr. Pond was originally from Bangor, Maine, but emigrated to St. Louis about 1837. How he met Colonel Young is apparently still a mystery. The house was restored by Mr. and Mrs. Snow who moved from Philadephia, MS in the 1960s.


  3. It’s not Waverley. Maybe Rosalie? Built in 1823 and first owned by Eliza and Peter Little.


  4. I have assumed that Waverley mansion was named for Sir Walter Scott’s 1814 historical novel of the same name and its title character, Edward Waverley (which/who may or may not have been named for the 12th century ruins of Waverley Abbey in Surrey, the first Cistercian abbey in England). So many grand Southern houses (like Melrose!) took place names form Scott’s romantic novels.

    Does anyone know for sure?


  5. I’m wrong. It’s not Rosalie either.


  6. Rosalie wouldn’t have those octagonal capitals. Where is Mimi?


  7. Very tricky, it is Waverly for the doubters out there. Waverly stood abandoned for nearly fifty years before the Snow family restored the house beginning in 1962. Despite the abandonment, such features as the original windows and freestanding central stairways survived. Originally, like so many other Southern plantations, Waverly was a self-sustaining community complete with gardens, orchards and livestock. It maintained a brick kiln, cotton gin, ice house and swimming pool with a bathhouse. Later, Waverley had its own lumber mill, leather tannery and hat manufacturing operation. Gas for the chandeliers was produced by burning pine knots.

    Some people claim that the first American-made saddle blankets were produced at Waverley and the first fox hunt association was formed in the mansion’s library in 1893.


  8. I don’t remember the octagonal capitals at all. Not doubting you, though. At the front door?


  9. By the way, they have nearly 1000 boxwood bushes on the grounds. They also have the largest holly bush (tree!) I’ve ever seen in my life.


  10. And peacocks, don’t forget the peacocks!


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