BOX II. 6 – Biographical - homes and land
Folder 6 of 18
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. 
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.
“Tour of Woodstock and Garden,” by Elinor Howell-Thurman (3 copies,
includes copies of Charles Nicholas Minor Meriwether and Caroline
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
“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.
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.
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.
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,
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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