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 1753, this important resource was used to turn the wheels of the first mill, as recorded in the diaries of the Morovian Single Brethren, who stopped at the Hollingsworth mill to purchase feed for
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.
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. Touch for map. Located next to the Winchester Visitors Center. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abramís Delight (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Abramís Delight (within shouting distance of 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). 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.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,517 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.