Collection Number: MS 154
Physical Location: Archive Room Shelves
Extent: 4 volumes.
Preferred Citation: Ben Coolyn Farm Records, MS 154, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Va.
Biographical/Historical Information: The Ben Coolyn plantation was originally owed by the James Clark family near Keswick, Virginia. Clark built the first dwelling in the early 1800s on a site east of the current home. The property was renamed "Fruitland" after it was purchased by James Hart in 1836. After Hart's death in 1870, the property was sold to a group of Englishmen for an agricultural experiment. When their experiment failed, "Fruitland" was sold to a partnership of S.A. Hart and A.P. Fox. In 1901 A.P. Fox sold the property to Llewellyn Pugh (1855-1932), a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. Pugh rebuilt the house and reverted the property's name to Ben Coolyn. In 1917 he sold the property to William B. Bogert.
Scope and Content: This collection is four volumes of Ben Coolyn farm records (1914-1917) during the ownership of Llewellyn Pugh.
Subjects: Farms--Virginia--Albemarle County.
Geographical Names: Keswick.
Notes: From note included with donation: "These books belonged to my grandfather Llewellyn Pugh who lived at Ben Coolyn at Keswick, Virginia. These farm records were kept by his farm manager." Elizabeth Haden Smith, Charlottesville, Virginia.