Dates: 1914-1917

Collection Number: MS 154

Physical Location: Archive Room Shelves

Extent: 4 volumes.

Creators/Collectors: Pugh, Llewellyn

Access Restrictions: Collection open to research.

User Restrictions: No restrictions.

Preferred Citation: Ben Coolyn Farm Records, MS 154, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information: Gift, Mrs. William Massie Smith, 13 September 1988.

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.

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.

Persons: Pugh, Llewellyn

Subjects: Farms--Virginia--Albemarle County

Geographical Names:

  • Keswick (Va.)
  • Ben Coolyn plantation.

Record Types: Minutes (records).

Notes: Stored on the oversize shelf.