Dates: 1846-1875

Collection Number: MS 699

Physical Location: Archive Room File Cabinet

Extent: 1 item.

Creators/Collectors: Minor, Lucy Smith Carter (1819-1912)

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

User Restrictions: Original is fragile.

Preferred Citation: Recipe Book of Mrs. Peter C. Minor [Lucy Smith Carter Minor], MS 699, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information: Unknown.

Biographical/Historical Information: Lucy Smith Carter (1819-1912) was born in Albemarle County to Dr. Charles Warner Lewis Carter and Mary Chastain Carter. She married Peter Carr Minor in 1840. They lived in Albemarle County until after the Civil War, when they moved to Richmond. Peter Minor died in 1879. Lucy moved to Washington, D.C. and lived in the Louise Home, a home established "for the comfortable maintenance and support of genteel yet impoverished ladies reduced by misfortune of the war." Lucy died at the home in 1912.

Scope and Content: This is a manuscript cookbook compiled by Lucy Smith Carter Minor. Some of the recipes are attributed, such as "brandy peaches" attributed to Green Mountain; "sponge cake" from "my sister"; "ginger cakes" by Mrs. John Coles; and "bread pudding" from Enniscorthy. The book has a range of recipes, though there seems to be an emphasis on cake and pudding recipes.

Family Names: Minor family.


  • Cookbooks
  • Cooking, American--Virginia--Albemarle County

Record Types: Albums (Books).