July 31, 2015
One year ago today I was driving cross country from Kansas to Kentucky. So today I’m celebrating with a short road trip south to the historic home of Cassius Marcellus Clay (“emancipationist, politician, newspaper publisher, Ambassador to Russia, and friend to Abraham Lincoln.”)
White Hall State Historic Site, 8 miles north of Richmond. Beautiful.
Home of Cassius Marcellus Clay. Built in the Georgian style as Clermont Mansion in 1798 by his father, General Green Clay, and enlarged and remodeled as an Italianate mansion in the 1860s, when it was renamed White Hall.
One of the barred windows to a basement room that had 7 sets of manacles mounted in the walls. Cassius Clay’s father, Green Clay, had over 100 slaves.
One of Cassius Clay’s daughters. Women’s rights leader.
Side view of the mansion from the garden.
The original entry doors to the 1798 Clermont house, now a wing of White Hall.
Wooden steps to a servants’ entrance. The top two were the actual width of old-growth trees.
Carriage steps again.
A pretty drive from the highway to the estate.
Carriage steps at White Hall
An important part of any road trip is scouting out the best local coffee shops. 🙂 Purdy’s Coffee Co. has won awards for its historic renovation of an 1884 building on Main Street in Richmond. Purdy’s Coffee Co.
Good music at the coffee shop. Boy With A Coin (Iron & Wine)
Flower garden at White Hall Mansion.
Entrance to the side garden. “The rose garden seen today is in the same location dating back to Green Clay’s time (late 1790s).” The urn in the center belonged to the Clay family.
View from the rear walkway of the house, towards the smoke house.
The old stone kitchen and other dependencies.
Grist mill, exterior.
Stone kitchen doorway.
Rear of the stone kitchen.
Stone kitchen. In smaller room on the right end. Built in 1790.
Grist mill, interior.
Stone kitchen. 1790. Sleeping quarters in the loft for domestic servants (slaves).
Smoke house and chicken house.
View from the stone kitchen towards the chicken house.
Fabric woven by White Hall African-American slave
Stone kitchen. In the large room to the left. Built several years after 1790.
Another one of the outbuildings at White Hall.–possibly a harness shop or for storage of grain or lumber.
Originally a corn crib on the White Hall estate, possibly also with stalls for mules. Now the gift shop.
Side and back of the corn crib/mule barn.
View from the covered side porch of the corn crib.
Entrance to corn crib/mule barn. Look at all those projecting log ends!
Rear of corn crib/mule barn.