Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Best wishes to all at your house”
Mary Hollingsworth and her siblings, Jonah and Annie, occupied the house during the war. Standing more than six feet tall, Mary Hollingsworth may have impersonated a man to spy for the Confederates, according to local tradition. She also gave meals and shelter to Union soldiers on several occasions. Early in the war, a soldier wrote, “My best wishes to all at your house, and all those who were there during my stay with you.” William Darnel, of the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry, thanked her for her hospitality in the spring of 1865: “I embrace this mode of bidding you adieu and also to express my thanks for the kindness manifested during my sojourn at your place.”
In the spring of 1864, Union Gen. Franz Sigel and several of his staff members occupied Abramís Delight. Sigel paid Hollingsworth $5 for her troubles. After the war, she filed a claim with the Southern Claims Commission for damage done to her property. The commission denied her request, however, stating that the damage occurred as result of the “fortunes
(Sidebar): Built in 1754 by stonemason Simon Taylor for Isaac Hollingsworth, Abramís Delight was named for Hollingsworthís father, Abraham. The two-story wing was added about 1800, and the original woodwork was replaced in the Greek Revival style in the mid-19th century.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 10.135′ N, 78° 9.636′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Pleasant Valley Road and Milwood Avenue (Business U.S. 17/50), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in a parking lot inside a park encompassing both Abramís Delight and the Winchester Visitors Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1340 South Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester VA 22601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hollingsworth Family Settlement (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Abramís Delight (within shouting distance of this marker); Shawnee Springs Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Daniel Morgan / Winchester (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.7 miles away); Patsy Cline: Country Music Singer (approx. 0.7 miles away); Alabama (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mississippi (approx. 0.9 miles away); South Carolina (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winchester.
More about this marker. The marker displays three photographs. On the upper center is a photo of “Abramís Delight, ca. 1945.” On the lower center is one of “Rouss Spring, site of Federal camp.” On the right is a portrait of Mary Hollingsworth.
Regarding Abramís Delight. Abramís Delight is open for tours, and is operated by the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.
Also see . . .
1. Abram's Delight. Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.
2. Photos Gallery of Abram's Delight.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,465 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 20, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.