Hi y'all!! When I left y'all last time just a tiny bit of this fine city's history had been revealed. Nah it ain't really nice of me to keep y'all hanging like this, so it would behoove me to narrate a bit more. Today y'all learn about some of our city's less glorious history, one of a shamefull nature, but it is a story that need to be told.
In last chapter , the city had just become the state's capital city, and plans had been made for a propper downtown. When the initial plans were drawn it became apparent that the governor's fine stately mansion he was living in at that moment stood in the way of much of downtown. Suffice it to say that our first governor was a mighty wealthy and influential man, and his fine home was part of the Donnelly family Plantation Estate. In them days plantations, sadly enough, were as normal as cows in the field.
By some miracle , the Lawd be praised, when the final plans came out, the stately mansion got incorporated into the downtown layout. Rumour went that our fine governor bribed the city planners, and had made a couple of promises of a very lucrative nature here and there.
A couple of years later the whole scheme got exposed by a disgruntled ex mistress and the governor was forced to hand over the property rights to the state. For many many decades afterwards it was home to many of our fine governors. Now it acts as a museum, and from time to time it serves for public purposes. The lawn in front of the mansion holds a memorial to all victims of the slavery period, a very dark and shameful period in the history of our fine nation.
Here's an old family picknick painting , late 18th century
As you can see the stately home is pretty much surrounded by open fields and woodland. This oil painting below can be admired y'all in the main hall of the museum
The same area today is beyond recognition - the memorial features prominently at Governor's Square.
Many of the old estate homes still exist today and serve a very different function. Here you can see the C-UNV main administration building (Cheyenne campus - University of New Virginia) , originally part of the Hagley Estate.
And before we close our tour of magnificent stately homes, here's probably the most famous of all, the Ladevere Home. Famous not only because it belonged to the richest of families in Cheyenne, also because it is the most haunted home in the city. Richard Devere was a wealthy man, whose riches did not always come legitimately, and was not a man without scandal. Rumour went that, though he was married to the wealthy heiress of the Devere fortune, Rebecca Devere, he had a special fondness for all of his maids. Most of the maids in service of the Devere family ended up pregnant. People used to joke the place was so full of kids at one time they should have called the place Ladevere Nursery Home. Poor Rebecca could not handle it anymore and committed suicide, after murdering several maids and their children. After this great tragedy Richard withdrew himself from public life, never to be seen again.
People these days report seeing the ghosts of the slain maids with their children, running away from Rebecca as she chases them with a butchers knife in the hand.
Here one can see a printing plate used for promotion, early 20th century.
I got one suprise for y'all, an old city map.. It shows several landmarks which got destroyed during the great fire in the civil war (eg the Magazine and the Market Halls..) Link to a larger size map: http://imageshack.us...apwithered.jpg/
Well, that was it for this update y'all, I hope y'all enjoyed it! Have a good'n!!!