“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Martha Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Farm

The Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 2, 2009
1. The Farm Marker
Inscription.  The Farm stands on a 1020-acre tract acquired by Nicholas Meriwether in 1735 and later owned by Col. Nicholas Lewis, uncle of Meriwether Lewis. A building on the property likely served as headquarters for British Col. Banastre Tarleton briefly in June 1781. In 1825, Charlottesville lawyer and later University of Virginia law professor. John A. G. Davis purchased a portion of the original tract and engaged Thomas Jefferson’s workmen to design and build this house. It is considered one of the best surviving examples of Jeffersonian residential architecture. Maj. Gen. George A. Custer occupied the house as his headquarters for a brief time in 1865.
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-27.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson series list.
Location. 38° 1.727′ 
The Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 2, 2009
2. The Farm Marker
N, 78° 28.167′ W. Marker is in Martha Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Jefferson Street and Farm Lane, on the left when traveling east on East Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Watering Fountains (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Three Notch’d Road (approx. half a mile away); Site of Old Swan Tavern (approx. half a mile away); Jack Jouett’s Ride (approx. half a mile away); Historic Courthouse Square (approx. half a mile away); Monticello (approx. half a mile away); President Monroe’s Local Homes (approx. half a mile away); Albemarle Confederate Monument (approx. half a mile away).
Also see . . .  Nicholas Lewis House – Charlottesville, Virginia. “Col. Tarleton and his dragoons camped the night of June 4, 1781 in Charlottesville at ‘The Farm.’ There they imprisoned in the coalhouse one delegate who did not escape, namely Captain Daniel Boone. Tarleton and his men rode up to the house through the rose garden and exclaimed to Mrs. Lewis, ‘What a paradise!’ She retorted, ‘Then why do you disturb it!’ Mrs. Lewis was hostess to Col. Tarleton, and ever after preserved the chair (originally Meriwether’s) he had used. When they left the next morning, his soldiers took her
The Current House at The Farm image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 2, 2009
3. The Current House at The Farm
This view is from Farm Lane, looking east.
flock of ducks. She ordered a servant to take the veteran drake to Tarleton with her compliments since it was no longer of use to her. After this episode, she became known as ‘Capt. Moll’.” (Submitted on June 2, 2009.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,349 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 2, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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