Historic Find in Nortonsville

In today’s Daily Progress, Elizabeth Nelson has a fascinating story about a couple’s recent purchase of eleven acres of property in Nortonsville (north of Free Union and Earlysville, near Boonesville, on the northern edge of Albemarle County). The land contains the old general store, a cottage, a farmhouse, “a smithy, grist mill, dairy, barn, cemetery and two schools – one for white children and the other for black children,” with many of these buildings dating from the late 1800s, yet all are in good shape. Some of the wood beams in the farmhouse appear to be recycled from a circa-1600s building and, before that, a ship. Michael Richardson, who owns the property, intends to preserve everything, and even assemble a history of the property. Richardson owns and has worked on historic properties in England and France, some dating back as the 1100s.

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