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Staunton Hill and Its Original Owners

Staunton Hill

This mid-nineteenth-century Gothic Revival mansion is the main residence at Staunton Hill, a plantation in Charlotte County that was built by the wealthy planter Charles Bruce and his wife, Sarah Alexander Seddon Bruce. During the Civil War the grounds of the estate were used as a training ground for Confederate artillery. This image came from A Handbook of Virginia (1910), published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Immigration. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Original Author: Charles Bruce and architect John Evans Johnson

Created: Between 1848 and 1850

Medium: Plantation mansion

Courtesy of Internet Archive

Charles Bruce

Charles Bruce, a wealthy planter who built Staunton Hill in Charlotte County, is the subject of this miniature watercolor portrait painted about 1850 by George Lethbridge Saunders. This is one of two portraits--the other image depicts Bruce's wife, Sarah Alexander Seddon Bruce—that were probably displayed in a double frame that is now separated.

Original Author: George Lethbridge Saunders

Created: ca. 1850

Medium: Miniature watercolor on ivory

Courtesy of Virginia Historical Society

Sarah Alexander Seddon Bruce

Sarah Alexander Seddon Bruce, the wife of the wealthy Charlotte County planter Charles Bruce, is the subject of this miniature watercolor portrait painted about 1850 by George Lethbridge Saunders. This is one of two portraits—the other image depicts her husband—that were probably displayed in a double frame that is now separated. Sarah Bruce was the sister of James A. Seddon, who served as the Confederate secretary of war. During his career, the English-born Saunders painted a number of wealthy southern planter families, as well as Jefferson Davis, the future president of the Confederacy, and Jubal Early, who went on to beome a Confederate general.

Original Author: George Lethbridge Saunders

Created: ca. 1850

Medium: Miniature watercolor on ivory

Courtesy of Virginia Historical Society

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  • Staunton Hill

    This mid-nineteenth-century Gothic Revival mansion is the main residence at Staunton Hill, a plantation in Charlotte County that was built by the wealthy planter Charles Bruce and his wife, Sarah Alexander Seddon Bruce. During the Civil War the grounds of the estate were used as a training ground for Confederate artillery. This image came from A Handbook of Virginia (1910), published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Immigration. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Original Author: Charles Bruce and architect John Evans Johnson

    Created: Between 1848 and 1850

    Medium: Plantation mansion

    Courtesy of Internet Archive

  • Charles Bruce

    Charles Bruce, a wealthy planter who built Staunton Hill in Charlotte County, is the subject of this miniature watercolor portrait painted about 1850 by George Lethbridge Saunders. This is one of two portraits--the other image depicts Bruce's wife, Sarah Alexander Seddon Bruce—that were probably displayed in a double frame that is now separated.

    Original Author: George Lethbridge Saunders

    Created: ca. 1850

    Medium: Miniature watercolor on ivory

    Courtesy of Virginia Historical Society

  • Sarah Alexander Seddon Bruce

    Sarah Alexander Seddon Bruce, the wife of the wealthy Charlotte County planter Charles Bruce, is the subject of this miniature watercolor portrait painted about 1850 by George Lethbridge Saunders. This is one of two portraits—the other image depicts her husband—that were probably displayed in a double frame that is now separated. Sarah Bruce was the sister of James A. Seddon, who served as the Confederate secretary of war. During his career, the English-born Saunders painted a number of wealthy southern planter families, as well as Jefferson Davis, the future president of the Confederacy, and Jubal Early, who went on to beome a Confederate general.

    Original Author: George Lethbridge Saunders

    Created: ca. 1850

    Medium: Miniature watercolor on ivory

    Courtesy of Virginia Historical Society