18th Century Home Owned by W. L. Saunders Selected as Virginia Historical Landmark

From The Star-Tribune, Chatham, Virginia, January 1, 1970. Used with permission.

Little Cherrystone

A county 18th century home owned by Woodall L. Saunders of Chatham has been selected as a Virginia historical landmark.

The Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission designated "Little Cherrystone" for inclusion in the Virginia Landmarks register, and the old home near Chatham was also nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

"Little Cherrystone" is the 18th century home on the large 200 acre farm two miles east of Chatham, just off Rt. 832, presently owned by Saunders.

The massive brick structure was the family seat of the Wooding family — built by Thomas Hill Wooding in the 18th century.

Additions were added at various stages, first a room, then a kitchen, to take care of the children as they increased the size of the family. Age has, however, taken its toll of the home.

The old house has a large chimney that measures nine feet, eight inches at the base. The brick mansion boasts of one of the most elaborate interiors, with woodwork in the drawing room done in hand carving. The window architraves are decorated with guilloche mouldings. The mantle is a monument of carvings — sunbursts, cables, and cutouts. The wainscoting is marbelized. The entrances are decorated with hand-carvings and Adam-type fanlights.

The old place went to Nathaniel Wooding in 1824 from John Wooding. Nathaniel conveyed it to Thomas Fitzgerald in 1857. Fitzgerald's daughter, Ellen, received it when she married T. W. P. Moses. Her daughters sold the farm and the old home to Woodall Saunders.

J. W. Moody, executive director of the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, stated that "Little Cherrystone" would be included on the historical register "of buildings, structures and sites which contribute the principal historical, architectural, and archaeological sites which are of state-wide or national significance," and he added: "It is my feeling that 'Little Cherrystone' richly deserves this recognition."

Research assistance provided by Linda Yeatts Brown, great-granddaughter of T. W. P. and Ellen Moses.

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