THE KELLYHOUSE

 

   My name is Emily Kelly and I wanted to let you know of our open home tour Dec 9th.

     I live in the Kellyhouse, formerly Mitchell's Plantation. I am a Bolling cousin and a member of the BFA. My home which is open for tours if I have 3 weeks notice. The grounds are always open. (I would love to have someone stumble upon the family cemetery of excavate the brick lined tunnel that Susannah Bolling won the revolutionary war thru if you know any archaeologists! )

Our home, which is about 75% Mitchell's (My grandfather dug it up and used every piece out of the barn that was left after the fire.) on the homepage under Bolling homes as well. The painting in the cookbook of Mitchell's is equally beautiful. Not only was Mitchell's occupied during the RW, but also the Civil War when Grant was here during the siege of Petersburg. We find artifacts all the time, and many are also Native American. We have a really good picture of the Yankee occupation as well. The house is on the Christmas tour December 9th Sunday from 1-5 for the Federated Women's club Tour of homes. Tickets can be bought at the door if you wish to make a donation to them. If not just tell them you are a member of the BFA and come on in!

Mitchell's was the home of Susannah Bolling, the girl that won the American Revolutionary War. In the front of the house, about where my car is parked, stood the original house. A tunnel, lined in brick, came up under the house. Tunnels like these were often used for protection from Indian attacks as well as for bringing up trade, barter and purchase items from the river.

Most history books show Susannah Bolling at the age of 16 when General Cornwallis was occupying Mitchell. Susannah, the 3rd great granddaughter, (we believe it was the third) of Pocahontas, overheard Cornwallis talking of his plans to go to Yorktown. Susannah paddled a small boat or canoe across the Appomattox, retrieved a horse from a relative, (The horse has been attributed to a Tabb, a Bland, and even a Poythress!) and rode to the Halfway house in Chester (still standing) There, she in formed French officers of Cornwallis's plan. The French and Americans were then able to surround the English from both sides and that is when the famous surrender took place.

An actual picture of Susannah's house, Mitchell, taken from before the War for Southern Independence, can be seen in the downstairs study. Looking closely, one can see the smokehouse and the river. The barn for Mitchell was to the right. Some of the slaves are on the steps.

The exterior of the house was built almost entirely out of the bricks from Mitchell's. The rest were made by hand in the yard from the earth here, just as they would have been in the 18th century.

All of the hand forged ironwork as well as the locks and door handles in the house were retrieved from the old house.

You may if needed, contact me at :

Emily Kelly

620 Mansion Dr.

Hopewell VA 23860 (formerly Prince George County.)

804 458 5902