In the summer of 2014, my friend and fellow author, Sherrie, and I visited the Weston Manor, or Weston Plantation. It is a beautifully restored white house, built in 1789, that sits on the Appomattox River, surrounded by trees.
There are two outbuildings along with a small garden, and a long flight of stairs that descend down a steep hill to a pier on the river.
This was my inspiration for the plantation in my Wellington Cross series, which I called Western Manor – which was the home’s original name.
In my earlier books, it belonged to Jefferson and then to Ethan and Lizzie. In my latest two books in the series, Wellington Belle and Wellington Beaus, the home changed hands and is now occupied by the oldest son, Godfrey Wellington. He changed the name of the plantation to Wellington Manor.
In Wellington Beaus, he endures a tragedy and descends those steep stairs to sit and contemplate where his life will take him. I wanted to share with you where my inspiration for this beautiful place came from.
If you get the chance to visit Hopewell, Virginia (formerly called City Point), I highly recommend a visit to this plantation.
Adams House. Most guests were just passing through town, but one guest had been a particular nuisance and caused a lot of trouble to all three of them at the boarding house.
having a heart attack and died before completing the surgery, before sewing her up. She’d bled a lot and the next day, Doctor William Brown and his wife Ginny had taken over her care. She’d taken a long time to heal, both physically and emotionally, and had eventually moved out to the country to stay at her Aunt Paisley’s plantation for a while. Her savior had been Bertie.
Gardner to perform the surgery that terminated the baby’s life.
about other people. You have gone through many challenges in your short life and yet you smile and wear a happy face. And you have made me happy in the short time I have known you. You absolutely are good enough for me. You’re all I’ll ever want.”