Below, the Holleman House and farm in the 1980s ca. To the right of the main 1830 structure is possibly the oldest structure on the property, a wood frame building that was the home of the Wilson Holleman family prior to the construction of the two-story imposing red brick structure. Approximately 100 acres of the original 1691 plantation of 1,020 acres still remain in the Holleman family. Photograph of Gladys Holleman Barlow and the below plantation courtesy of Sarah Barlow Wright, her daughter.
"Another thing that was done then, but wouldn't be done now, was to burn corn stalks on cold winter nights. My father would go around with a fire brand and have these piles of corn stalks about the field to light. I loved going around with them doing that. Another time, they would have corn shuckings. All the neighbors would come and shuck corn. We would have a long row of it in the backyard, and I always had a girl come home with me so we could walk in the shucks.
Above, the 'haunted' abandoned brick house in a former Holleman field in Mill Swamp approximately a half mile from the 1830 home. One Holleman cousin believes this may have been the site of the original 1690s Christopher Holyman house; another cousin disagrees.
Shown above, soybeans are often the crop of choice for Isle of Wight farmers in the 21st Century and of course, peanuts are still grown. In the 1600s, farmers such as the Hollemans would have grown several acres of tobacco as the cash crop, and acres of corn for the table and animals.
Hogs would have roamed freely in the woods until frost eating the mast. In the 1670s, according to a Surry County court case, Native Americans stole and butchered some of the Holleman hogs. A year later Bacon's Rebellion broke out in the colony due in large part to continuing friction between the two cultures.
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