Historically Significant Bloomsbury Farm Destroyed
Bloomsbury Farm, the circa-1740 Spotsylvania County farmstead listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been destroyed.
The 2.48-acre property at 6705 Pond View Lane sold for $125,000 on December 1, 2014, according to the listing on Zillow. Subsequent to that, the house and out buildings were torn down.
John Cummings, writer of Spotsylvania Civil War Blog, noted the loss in his December 20 post. “I have no details beyond the fact that last week the historically significant Harris Farm House was torn down. …the house is gone, along with the adjacent dairy farm buildings on the two acres that had survived after the rest of the property was subdivided years ago.”
Zillow listed the Harris house to be sold “as is with several outbuildings. The floors are classic heart pine throughout with Art Deco fare from the 1960’s renovation. Great opportunity! Surrounded by $500K+ homes.”
“The house itself, built circa 1755, was used as a field hospital during the May 19, 1864, fighting that took the name of Civil War era owner Clement Harris,” Cummings wrote. “There were blood stains on the floor boards in several rooms and the central hallway. My own great-great-grandfather was treated there for a wound received in the action.”
“This is a significant loss to the cultural resources of the Spotsylvania battlefield,” Cumming’s said. He posted photos on his blog.
Read Ted Schubel’s report on the WFVA Facebook page.