Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Hollingsworth Family Settlement
One of the first settlers to come to the Shenandoah Valley, Abraham Hollingsworth settled on 582 acres of land that had a large spring. Tradition states that Abraham paid for the property three times: "First, a cow, a calf and a piece of red cloth to the Shawnee Indians; next, a sum of money to the King's agent; and finally, a sum of money to Lord Fairfax."
After Abraham's death, his son, Isaac became the owner of the property. "Abram's Delight," the oldest existing house in Winchester, was built in 1754 by Isaac near the spring that his father had declared a "delight to behold." The nearby stone mill building was built in 1833 by David Hollingsworth, the great-grandson of the original settler, Abraham. It was built on the site of an earlier grist mill operated by family members since the mid-18th century.
The body of water before you is produced by a spring that attracted the first Hollingsworth to choose the property to be his family's home. Built before
The pond also provided many recreational opportunities for the citizens of Winchester. During the late 19th century, people often used the small island on the pond for picnics, arriving by small boats. An article in the Winchester Star in June 1907, said: "One of the most delightful moonlight picnics given at Rouss Spring...took place last evening, when a large party of young people strolled to the delightful resort and feasted on seasonable refreshments until a late hour."
Rouss Spring was purchased by the city of Winchester in 1890, and it supplied the city with water for many years.
Erected 2008 by Shenandoah University.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 39° 10.137′ N, 78° 9.659′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of South Pleasant Valley Road and Milwood Avenue (Business U.S. 17/50), on the right when traveling north on South Pleasant Valley Road. Located next to the Winchester Visitors Center. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abram’s Delight (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Abram’s Delight (within shouting distance of this marker); Shawnee Springs Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Daniel Morgan / Winchester (approx. 0.6 miles away); Spottswood Poles (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.7 miles away); Patsy Cline: Country Music Singer (approx. 0.7 miles away); Centenary Reformed Church (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
More about this marker. The marker displays photos of the mill, "Abram's Delight," and Abraham's Spring.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,604 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.