18 November 2014
Pleasant Grove House now welcomes visitors to Fluvanna County; information about historic sites and travel destinations in Fluvanna and all over Virginia can be found on the ground floor of the structure. The second story houses exhibits on the history of transportation by river, rail, and road in Fluvanna; there is a reading room located in a rear addition; the third floor houses new offices for Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation.
Currently the house is open from 10-2 Monday through Friday, 10-4 on Saturdays and 12-4 on Sundays. When the Parks and Recreation staff team moves into the building in the near future, the hours will change to 8-5 Monday through Friday and 12-4 on Saturdays and Sundays.
The house was built in 1854 by William D. Haden on nearly 1,000 acres which had been owned by the Haden family since the late 1700s. The property, with its long river frontage, produced large crops of wheat, Indian corn, oats and tobacco; they also had cattle, sheep and hogs. William Haden and his wife raised ten children on the property; he owned 30 slaves. Haden served in the Virginia Militia; he was also elected Overseer for the Poor of Fluvanna County. A family cemetery, on which restoration work will soon begin, is located in front of the house.
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