Jerdone Castle, Ellen Glasgow's childhood homeSITE NAME
Jerdone Castle

Virginia Landmarks Register
August 21, 1984

National Register of Historic Places
October 4, 1984

Bumpass vicinty
Louisa County

Novelist Ellen Glasgow split time between Richmond and this expansive home in Louisa County as a child. Counting its history and architecture as major reasons for the structure's inclusion on the Register, the entry also notes extensively Glasgow's interaction with the property, which found its way into The Woman Within, her autobiography. Glasgow was a prolific author of many novels set in Virginia.

"The oldest section of Jerdone Castle was built ca. 1745 by Francis Jerdone who immigrated to Louisa County from Scotland in 1740. In addition to expanding his original landholdings and building a residence, Jerdone operated stores, mills, and a forge. The later main section of the house was built in 1858 for Francis Jerdone's descendent Sarah Jerdone Coleman and her husband, Gen. Clayton Coleman. The structure's generous size is emphasized by an Italianate bracketed cornice and cupola. In 1879 the estate was purchased by Frank T. Glasgow of Richmond, father of the author Ellen Glasgow. Ellen Glasgow spent her childhood summers at Jerdone Castle, which she later said greatly influenced her writing. In the fourth chapter of The Woman Within, entitled I Become a Writer, Miss Glasgow describes lying in the meadow at Jerdone Castle and coming to the realization that writing was to be her future" (VLR 280).

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