Pharsalia Contemplates Turning 200 In 2014!

©™2012 Nelson County Life : Photos By Tommy Stafford : Foxie Morgan (co-owner of Pharsalia) speaks to a small group last week about ways to celebrate the historic plantation's upcoming 200th birthday in 2014.

Nelson County, VA

In a little over a year, Pharsalia will turn 200 years old. Last week Dick & Foxie Morgan invited a few folks, including NCL, over to discuss how the rememberance and celebration could best be planned.

“Rich in history, Pharsalia was originally built in 1814, by Thomas Massie and was given to his son, William, as a wedding gift. The property is now in the hands of the fifth-generation Massie family. Many of the plantationís original dependencies remain including the brick kitchen, laundry, slave quarters, and ice and smoke houses. The plantation is set at the foot of DePriest Mountain in one of the most beautiful sections of the county.”

That according to the Nelson County Tourism Bureau.

Dick Morgan of Pharsalia talks with guests in the newly renovated commercial kitchen at Pharsalia.
Foxie stressed the importance of keeping Pharsalia's history alive for future generations.

“It’s important to share the history of this magnificent plantation, yet preserve the grounds,” Foxie told the crowd at last week’s dinner served in front of the main house. Many ideas were tossed around by those attending. Most recently Pharsalia is also remembered for holding two Folk Life Festivals, with the first one back in 2007. Another one is being discussed to coincide with the 200th anniversary.

Pharsalia holds many different workshops throughout the year along with weddings, and other events.

Be looking for more on the 200th celebration over the next 12 months!


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