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Colleton estate photographs

 Collection — Box: BW 20, Folder: 1 [X031688129]
Identifier: MSS 16440

Scope and Contents Note

The Colleton estate photographs (circa 1890s-1910; 0.04 cubic foot) document the appearance of Colleton, a Cabell family estate in Nelson County. Materials include ten mounted photographs of the Colleton house and one photograph of the nearby James River. Colleton photograph subjects include rooms like the ballroom and library, along with a childhood portrait of Evelyn Byrd Robinson on the building's porch.

The collection also contains a copy of Robinson's will, where she divides Colleton between her two sons, Wirt and Clifford Cabell.


  • Creation: circa 1890s-1910

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Historical Note

Colleton was a Cabell family estate on the James River in Nelson county. Colleton was owned during the late 19th and early 20th century by Evelyn Carter Robinson (1844-1910), née Cabell, who married William Russell Robinson. Upon her death, Cabell left Colleton to her two sons: Wirt and Clifford Cabell.

According to an inscription on one of the photographs in the collection, Colleton was destroyed by neglect and was no longer standing by 1970.

Source: Materials within collection, Virginia Museum of History and Culture.


0.04 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


Accession 2019-0239 Purchased, 8 April 2019; Robert and Virginia Tunstall Trust Fund, 2018/2019.

Related Materials

A related Cabell family collection can be found at MSS 38-111-b, Papers of the Cabell family, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

Colleton estate photographs
Tanner Greene
18 December 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States