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Kilmarnock in Lancaster County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Jessie Ball duPont

(1884-1970)

 
 
Jessie Ball DuPont Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 17, 2016
1. Jessie Ball DuPont Marker
Inscription.  Well known for her contributions to this area of Virginia, Jessie Ball duPont (nee Jessie Dew Ball) was born on Ball family property about one mile north of Hughlett Point.

Schoolteacher
She was the first teacher at Shiloh School in Northumberland County. The schoolhouse where she taught, located about two miles north of the preserve, still stands at the intersection of State Routes 605 and 606.

Philanthropist
After becoming the third wife of Alfred I. duPont in 1921, Mrs. duPont made generous financial contributions to area churches, and provided college scholarships for promising local students. She also gave to many colleges and universities, particularly Washington & Lee, and the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee.

Historic Preservationist
Mrs. duPont was also an early supporter of historic preservation. Through her efforts, Ditchley, the Ball family home constructed in 1752, was restored. This building still stands on property southwest of Dividing Creek, approximately eleven miles from this preserve.

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(upper left) Portrait of
Jessie Ball DuPont Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 17, 2016
2. Jessie Ball DuPont Marker
The boardwalk of Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve is in the background
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Mrs. duPont, commissioned in 1980. Courtesy of Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
(lower right) Photograph of Mr. and Mrs. duPont in Florida, 1926. Courtesy of Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkColonial EraEducationWomen.
 
Location. 37° 44.506′ N, 76° 19.027′ W. Marker is in Kilmarnock, Virginia, in Lancaster County. Marker can be reached from Balls Neck Road (Virginia Route 605) 1.1 miles south of Harding Wharf Drive (Virginia Route 670), on the left when traveling south. The marker is on the property of the Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve on a cut out parking area on VA 605. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kilmarnock VA 22482, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve (here, next to this marker); Shiloh School (approx. 2 miles away); Ditchley and Cobbs (approx. 2½ miles away); Morattico Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); First American Woman Missionary to China (approx. 4 miles away); Never Forget Garden (approx. 4 miles away); Kilmarnock (approx. 4.1 miles away); Dr. Morgan E. Norris (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kilmarnock.
 
Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve sign at entrance to the cutout image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 17, 2016
3. Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve sign at entrance to the cutout
Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve sign describing funding image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 17, 2016
4. Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve sign describing funding
Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve sign-open sunrise to sunset etc. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 17, 2016
5. Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve sign-open sunrise to sunset etc.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 299 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 27, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 27, 2022