United States of America, Virginia, Orange County, Orange
Montebello (Orange, Virginia)
The house and garden known as Montebello was started ca. 1740 by Benjamin Cave II, with the garden designed by his wife, Elizabeth Belfield Cave ca. 1760, and constructed by slaves. The colonial garden was laid out in terraces, and included an English kitchen garden and a boxwood garden. The second terrace had a cutting garden of flowers. A boxwood allee leads to the main house. The house was built of red brick, and there are brick walkways and brick walls defining the garden rooms.
In 1987 the 1.093 acre garden was still extant and owned by Mrs. Gray Dunnington. It was not open to the public.
Montebello was a plantation, built by slave labor, with the original land deed given by King George II (of England) to Benjamin Cave (ca. 1684-1762) in 1728, who passed the land on to his son Benjamin II.
Persons associated with the garden include Benjamin Cave II and Elizabeth Belfield Cave (former owners, ca.1740), the Cave family descendants including Mrs. Leslie Gray (7th generation former owner, ca. 1962), and Mrs. Gray Dunnington (former owner, 1987).
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies from publications.
This property is featured in Homes and Gardens in Old Virginia (1962) published by the Garden Club of Virginia