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Belmead Plantation (Philip St. George Cocke)

AE Curator Jul 16
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An appropriate setting for a tale of grandeur, tragedy, and redemption, Belmead was built by the wealthy, powerful Philip St. George Cocke, who built the Gothic mansion and nearby Emmanuel Episcopal Church in the 1840s. He joined the Confederacy in its early days, but the military wounded his pride by naming him only a colonel. Despondent, he committed suicide on Dec. 26, 1861. A generation later, his sons sold Belmead to Katharine Drexel and Louise Drexel Morrell, who founded schools for African American children. From 1895 until 1972, about 15,000 people received their education at Belmead.

Location: Powhatan
Image: Creative Commons (Jmabran)

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