United States of America, Virginia, Orange, Orange
Windholme Farm (Orange, Virginia)
circa 1950s-1960s, 2010
The 238 acres of Windholm Farm were part of a grant given to John Scott in 1730, with an original section of the main house dating to 1729. It is one of two houses in Orange County that sate from the 1720s. Originally known as Clifton, Windholme was the home of the Scott family from the 1720s until the 1920s. The Virginia property was purchased in 1947 by Harry Peters whose mother was the President of the Garden Club of America from 1944-1947. At one time the property featured three bomb shelters and were large enough to accomodate Mr. Peters' staff. Peters also had an aviary in what is now a garden shed.
The current gardens feature boxwood topiaries and hedges, brick terraces with small fountains, many ornamental trees, and several millstones and sculptures. The octagon is a design element used in an open brick terrace and for a small pond with a fountain set in another shady brick terrace. There are brick walkways leading to the house and connecting the outdoor entertaining areas.
Persons associated with the garden include John Scott and descendants (former owners, 1730-1928); Harry Peters, Jr. (former owner, 1947-1984); Helen Smith (former owner, 1984-1997); Shawn Daily (former owner, 1997-2002).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles, and real estate announcements.
This property is featured in "Antebellum Orange" by Ann L. Miller, published by the Orange County Historical Society, 1988, pp. 31-32; America's Small Houses and City Apartments by Henry Lionel Williams and Ottalie Kroeber Williams, published by A.A. Barnes & Co., 1967