The Tie that Binds

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Marrisa Hermanson, great job leaving out the whole slavery thing. That part of the history of these plantations is totally inconsequential.

Jamel Johnson 132 days ago

Missing from the Story

I agree with an earlier comment that there should have been some discussion of the generations of enslaved workers who lived, raised families, died and were buried on these landholdings, and whose labor went into building the wealth of the homes' owners, then and now. Preserving history is important, and I have visited these homes and admire the current families' and foundation's work to do so. But I'm also the descendant of slaves--as well as slaveowners--so I cannot help but feel that a crucial element of our Virginian past is being left out. We owe it to the descendants of the enslaved communities of Shirley, Berkeley, and Westover. Also, asking the families who currently own and manage these homes for their thoughts on their slaveholding legacy would make for a more interesting, complex and nuanced article.

Kalela Williams 196 days ago

Gap in Ownership for Westover

Augustus Drewry purchased Westover in 1866 after the Civil War and lived there for 33 years until his death in 1899.

Kimberly 202 days ago

wonderful article

Thanks for such an in-depth article on these beautiful homes and the families who maintain them. I look forward to visiting them.

Alison 207 days ago

Acknowledging History

It's funny that during your historical background of these beautiful, stately homes, there was no mention of slavery... These homes and these people's legacies were build on the sweat and maybe even blood of slaves. Respect is due where it is owed.

Sally 222 days ago

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