Details For Cover ID# 29249

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Nov 24, 21
Edited on:Nov 24, 21
 
Postmark: Nov 2, 1853
Origin: Charlottesville, Virginia, UNITED STATES
Destination: Massie's Mills, Nelson County, Virginia, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

"Charlottesville Va. Nov. 2" (1853) blue circular datestamp on 3c red on buff Nesbitt postal entire (U2) with Nesbitt seal on rear flap, to Massie's Mills, Nelson County, Va., with 1853 docketing.

This is a very early use to Massie's Mills, Va. as the post office there was established in 1853. Massie’s Mill and Tyro Mill were large mills built and operated by the Massie family for the commercial production and exportation of fine wheat flours to Europe and Northern and Western American markets. The recipient of this cover, William Massie, lived with his wife Maria and their family at Pharsalia, a 1814 plantation home built by Major Thomas Massie for his son William as a wedding present . The home is still standing and is located in the Tye River Valley and sits on the shoulder of dePriest Mountain in Nelson County, Virginia. At its height Pharsalia’s working farm was part of a family owned tract in excess of 10,000 acres. Crops and products produced at Pharsalia included wheat, hops, tobacco, potatoes, apples, cranberries, smoked and cured bacon and hams.

William Massie’s wife, Maria (pronounced Mariah), continued to care for the Pharsalia home and property after Williams death in 1862. For 27 years, her diligence and dedication to continuing her husband’s legacy kept Pharsalia financially stable. Her many endeavors included, but were not limited to, keeping general farm operations going, supplying the Confederate Army and hungry neighbors with food, and managing a small boarding school for young girls out of her home all while educating her children and grandchildren.

Owner's ID: 2569
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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