BOX II. 6 – Biographical - homes and land

Folder 6 of 18

27 items

Newspaper clippings and one book of homes lived in by Dix and her ancestors. The Meriwether family homes in Kentucky are the following according to Joy Bale Boone’s article titled "All of A Place: The Literary Soil of Todd County".  The homes are Meriville, Cloverlands, Woodstock, Eupedon, Summertrees and Merry Mont (sometimes spelled Merimont). The Virginia homes are Cloverfields and (perhaps) Meriwether of Albemarle County.

1. “WOODSTOCK,” by Dorothy Dix (4 copies)

1a. "Rich History of Woodstock,” includes main house, stair case, down stairs parlor, upstairs ballroom, old slave quarters, meat house, 6p. n.d. [1950]

1b. History of Woodstock. Document for the National Register of Historic Places, by Elnor and James Corgan. Todd County, 2010.

2. "Legendary Woodstock A Twentieth Century Chronicle", by Whit W. McMahan. 2nd. ed.

3. “Tour of Woodstock and Garden,” by Elinor Howell-Thurman (3 copies, includes copies of Charles Nicholas Minor Meriwether and Caroline Huntley Barker).

4. “Mississippi Magic: An Idyll Of The Coast,” by Dorothy Dix. Paint
Topics, v. 1 (5) February, 1936, New Orleans, LA (2 copies).

5. “A Burned Shell Was All That Remained…blaze…swept through the
Pass Christian, Mississippi.” Times-Picayune, Thursday June 23, 1955 (2
copies).

6. “Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico from the home of Dorothy Dix, Pass
Christian, Mississippi.” Community cash store, Pass Christian, Miss.

7. Meriville, the Meriwether farm in Guthrie, Kentucky built in 1809 by Dr. Charles Meriwether, Dix’s paternal great grandfather. In 1931, Caroline Gordon published her first novel, PENHALLY. The story follows the Llewellyn family for nearly a century. The Llewellyns are the Meriwethers. This article describes the Meriwether farm, by Elinor Howell-Thurman (pictures of Woodstock, Meriville and Olde OaksPlantation).

8. Meriville, the Meriwether farm in Guthrie, Kentucky built in 1809 by Dr. Charles Meriwether, the great grandfather of Dorothy Dix.

9. Map of W.D. Meriwether Home site and warehouse in Clarksville 1885- 1896.

10. “The Saga Of St. Charles Avenue,” by Ray Samuel. Sands of time are running out for New Orleans’ most distinguished drive. The Times-Picayune New Orleans States Magazine, January 15, 1950.

11. “Salt Water, Salubrity and Sin,” by John Kord Lagemann. Collier’s, January 3, 1948. Tourist map of the Gulf Area includes site of Dorothy Dix’s home at Pass Christian.

12. “He bought himself a bay stallion. It came all the way from Kentucky, arriving on the packet Grace Darling. He went to the wharfs to inspect the animal…He gave the stallion a thorough examination, assuming his most expert air. The horse pleased him…" Beauregard, by Basso Hamilton. Great Creols, N.Y., Scribner, 1933, p. 38 [Woodstock]

13. “Fire Hits Dix Home On Coast.” Pass Christian, Miss. (UP) [The Times- Picayune] June 22, 1955.

14. “It is so beautiful here [Pass Christian] that it is immoral…,” by Dorothy Dix, ns.,nd.

15. “At Home With History,” by Kelly Horn. Cumberland Life, The Leaf- Chronicle, Sunday, January 27, 1991

16. Photo of a Woodstock cabin located on the Woodstock farm area in Montgomery County; believed to be the cabin where Dorothy Dix was borne. History of Homes and Gardens of Tennessee. Parthenon Press, Nashville 1936.

17. Parts of a document describing a few details about Woodstock; long French windows, red bricks, labor and cost of building Woodstock, the good Meriwether whiskey made when a baby was borne [ns.,nd., the two pages were found by a copy machine in the Library]

18. (Filed in III. 13, 10) “The Last Tournament,” by Elizabeth M. Gilmer. The story is about the life with horses and the people who rode them and worked at Woodstock. In the first paragraph she writes about the dining room at Woodstock, “all my life it has seemed to me that there never was so delightful a room as the big dining room at Woodstock.” New Orleans Picayune, nd., (from her scrap book).

19. “OLD HOME OF DOROTHY DIX MECCA.” Mentions that Dix has been invited to celebrate the Clarksville sesquicentennial (150) homecoming and that she will probably accept the invitation because she frequently visits Clarksville. Her last visit here was only one year ago. Clarksville, Tenn., May 19, 1934 (from her scrap book).

20. “The test of Time. Today after 111 years of continued service to its generations of owners and occupants, Woodstock is beautiful and as serviceable as it was in the life time of its builder,” ns.,nd, (from her scrap book).

21. Homes of Tennessee by First American National Bank. Nashville, Tenn., 1956. Drawings and brief narratives of historical and known homes of the state (Woodstock Farm, Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee). Gift from Elnor MacMahan-Corgan, 2005; current owner of Woodstock Farm.

22. Cloverfields, the ancestral home in Albemarle County, Virginia. “Dorothy Dix, the well known journalist, whose name is Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer is a descendant of the Meriwethers of Cloverfields , Albemarle County.” William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, 2nd Ser., v. 7 (3) Jul., 1927, pp. 223-224.

23. Cloverfields, Albemarle County, Virginia, the ancestral home of Nicholas Meriwether II. The 3.000 acre grant housed its first dwelling around 1760 when Nicholas and his wife Margaret Douglas build on the property. The grant was acquired in 1729. At present time there are several buildings on the property in which people live. Includes photo copy of the Meriwether house in Albemarle County (from Virginia historical/education websites, 7pp.).

24. 1867 deed of additional land purchased in Logan and Todd counties by D.Y. Winston and Elizabeth A., his wife, parties of the first part, W.D. Meriwether, Jr. and Maria W. his wife, party of the second part and J. Guthrie Coke of the city of Louisville, State of Kentucky party of the third part witnesseth [witnesses] that whereas the said D.Y. Winston and W.D. Meriwether, Jr. did on the first day of June 1867 jointly purchase of Thos Morrow. Logan County Clerk’s Office Deed Book No 40 Folio 531 (530 acres). Photo and transcribed copies of deed by Bill Coke, Nashville, Tennessee.

25. McCutchen Meadow, Auburn, Kentucky. 1909-1910. Family members on Dix’s mother’s side of the family owned this home.


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