Drawing of the exterior of Nomini Hall, the plantation belonging to the Carter family in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Historic American Buildings Survey, The Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.
During the year he spent in Virginia, Philip Fithian kept a journal and wrote letters home that describe life in Colonial Virginia which were first published in 1900. It's a fascinating view into the past.
My early Virginia ancestors were never as wealthy as the Carter family but I'm sure that was a style of life they hoped to achieve.
The Journal and Letters are available from Amazon, both as a print book and a free Kindle book. It's also available from Project Gutenberg. If you would like to see over 300 images of Fithian's writing, they are available here from the Journal of American History.
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