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Charles City -- Hickory Hill

Object Details

Hickory Hill was once an addition to Shirley-on-the-James. The house and garden were begun in 1820, when William Fanning Wickham and his wife, Anne Carter, moved on the estate. The grounds and garden were laid out on broad and long lines with avenues lined with cedar and box. The garden is a rectangular plot 355 feet by 440 feet. (Christian and Massie, 1962) A central focal point is a "box-walk" of Sempervirens boxwood. The gardens were damaged during the Civil War when armies swept over the property, but subsequent attempts were made at restoration.
Persons associated with the property include: William Carter Wickham (former owner); Captain Williams Carter Wickham (former owner); and Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Wickham (former owners).
Former owner
Wickham, Henry T. Mrs
Landscape architect
Shurcliff, Arthur A. (Arthur Asahel), 1870-1957
Collection Creator
Hollerith family
Collection Photographer
Hollerith, Lucia Beverly, 1891-1982
Collection Creator
Hollerith, Herman, 1860-1929
Collection Photographer
Hollerith, Nannie Talcott, 1898-1985
Hollerith, Virginia
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Georgetown Garden Club
Hickory Hill (Charles City, Virginia)
United States of America -- Virginia -- Charles City County -- Charles City
Gardens -- Virginia -- Charles City
Former owner
Wickham, Henry T. Mrs
Landscape architect
Shurcliff, Arthur A. (Arthur Asahel), 1870-1957
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Hollerith Family slide collection
Hollerith Family slide collection / Gardens and Sites / Virginia
A project to describe images in this finding aid received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care Initiative, administered by the National Collections Program.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
AAG.HOL, File VA005
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Hollerith Family Slide Collection.
Collection Rights
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Garden has been featured in Edith Tunis Sale, ed., Historic Gardens of Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: The William Byrd Press, INC., 1930), pp. 65-70. Garden has been featured in Frances Archer Christian and Susanne Williams Massie, eds., Homes and Gardens in Old Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: Garrett and Massie, Incorporated, 1962), pp. 197-198. Garden has been featured in Alice B. Lockwood, ed., Gardens of Colony and State (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934), pp. 78.
Existence and Location of Originals
Original image of VA005004 is located in Arthur Shurcliff Collection, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Scope and Contents
Folders include work sheets and copies of articles.
Collection Restrictions
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens:
Related Materials
Hickory Hill related holdings consist of 1 folder (4 glass lantern slides and 1 35 mm. slide)
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Garden Club of America Collection, ca. 1920-[ongoing].
Record ID
Charles City -- Hickory Hill
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