|Contact name||Anne J Atkinson|
|Home area||2,850 sqft|
|Lot Area||9.76 acres|
Built 1812 – 3 BR – 2.5+ BA – 9.76 AC – $525,000
Inquiries to: RidgewayDinwiddie@gmail.com
Ridgeway was built in 1812 by Archibald Thweatt, on land acquired by William Thweatt in a 1739 land grant of 200 acres on the “south side of Chamberlain’s Bed.” The property was sold to Major Issac Roney in 1845 or 1847 and remained in the Roney family until purchased by the current owners in 2015.
The spacious white beaded clapboard house is Federal in style with a large Italian style front porch with eight columns. The center hall features a rare archway of segmented and reeded wood. Eleven foot ceilings throughout. Heart pine flooring remains in much of the house with boards measuring 7 inches in width. Ridgeway is served by six fireplaces and three American bond chimneys; mantels are original. One chimney bears the date 1812 and the initials “W.E.” Those same initials appear on a chimney of Bonneville, a nearby historic home, and it is deduced that both were constructed by the same mason or builder whose initials appear on both chimneys.
The beautifully landscaped property is nearly ten acres and is situated in the county’s Courthouse Village. The home is set back from the road and features informal woodland garden with boxwood, dogwood, azaleas, camellia, Japanese maple, magnolia, long-leaf pine, sycamore, sweet gum, oak, a rare towering dawn sequoia, and black walnut trees.
To the rear are ruins of a cookhouse with living quarters in back where a small hearth remains visible; the cookhouse chimney features andirons that were handwrought from railroad rails by an unknown local craftsman. The property also features a family cemetery, woodland stream, a millstone from nearby Roney Mill, and a small frog pond offering a lovely spot for concluding the day. In addition to the large front porch (with rocking chairs), a large screen porch at the rear offers regular viewing of deer, wild turkey, and even a resident red fox and hawk. Oversized 2-car garage and spacious workshop.
Ridgeway was featured in Virginia’s Historic Homes and Gardens tour in both 1972 and 2018.
This home never fell into disrepair; it has been fully updated mechanically while retaining its historic character and is move-in ready. The more than 2800 sq ft living area can be further expanded into the full attic that is already heated and air conditioned. Property is well-suited to become an event venue and is already zoned business for immediate production of revenue as an investment property. A large flat area designed for lawn tennis will accommodate an events tent for 200 or more.
-Prior to the Civil War, the house was rented to Mr. Dabney Brown of Williamsburg, who conducted a girls’ boarding school at the home. A boy’s school, known as Greenwood academy was also conducted ¼ of a mile to the northeast at the time.
-In late March/early April of 1865 the Battle of Dinwiddie Courthouse took place and Union Gen. Philip Sheridan’s troops were bivouacked on the property.