Wellborn Plantation, Circa 1795, Warrenton

This is one of Warrenton’s oldest and most historic homes. It was once the center of a large working plantation. In 1858, the owner,  George Washington Hardaway (15 August 1781-3 September 1858), willed the plantation to his daughter, Frances Markham Hardaway Wellborn (Mrs. Marshall Wellborn).

6 thoughts on “Wellborn Plantation, Circa 1795, Warrenton

  1. Benjamin Avalon

    The house underwent a Greek Revival change probably in the 1830’s. The right side of the house as you face it was moved and expanded 6 feet to increase the size of the west rooms. The larger windows were installed on the front only and the porch and balcony were added. Notice the upper windows don’t quite match up with the lower ones. The front of the house was then faced with flat boards. The porch was almost certainly copied in spirit from that of the porch at Mount Vernon as the proportions are very similar as well as the entablature.

  2. Benjamin Avalon

    I owned this house back in the early 90’s. It is a wonderful house in a beautiful setting. Of all the old houses I have lived in or restored this was by far my favorite. I haven’t visited it in many years. I hope it is still being cared for.

  3. Dwayne C

    My great grandfather Gus Dawson was enslaved on this plantation. He died and 1932 and was one of the last living slaves owned by Marshall Wellborn.

      1. Dwayne C.

        I don’t have photos of my great grandfather, but I have a copy of his obituary from the Warrenton Clipper which states “He was one of the few old slaves before freedom belonged to Mr. Marshall Wellborne.

    1. Cherry Smart

      Thanks for sharing THIS part of history! Many times in an attempt to prevent hurt or offence, history is sanitized and true stories are lost!


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