|Stony Point - Home of Robert Lewis Dabney|
This is a follow up to something I posted the other day about relic hunting at the home of Robert Lewis Dabney which he built here in Augusta County while serving as Pastor of Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church. In addition to the period flat button I found, I also dug an old iron ax or hammer head of some type, along with part of an oil lamp burner (see below). If anyone recognizes this iron piece, I'd appreciate some input. It could be some type of blacksmithing tool. The oil lamp piece has a patent date stamped on the face of the small wheel piece which one uses to turn the wick up and down. The date reads: "Jul. 21 . 63 Dec. 10 . 67" So it post dates the time Dabney lived here in 1853, though it is period. I had also forgotten that Dabney dubbed his 120 farmstead "Stony Point." He did so for good reason. There is a large layer of limestone just under the surface of much of the acreage. Dabney quarried the stone for the house on premises. I'll be showing that, along with some other interesting video once I finish producing it. Another note of interest. Dabney moved from this home when he accepted a teaching position at Union Theological Seminary in 1853, but he continued to own it. In 1861 he sold the property for $4000 and lent the sum to the Confederacy, for which he was never repaid. Dabney never expressed any regrets.