The Welbourne Window
Peggy's face is deservedly red.
In the July Cannoneer she stated that Pelham etched the name "C.J. Walker" on the window at Welbourne. Actually, it reads "G.C. Walker."
Mrs. Robert Neville, who later built "Pelham," was the young daughter of Col. Richard H. Dulany, commander of the 7th Va. Cavalry, and the owner of "Welbourne." Pelham and Lieut. G.C. Walker, his aide, apparently spent the night of October 27, 1862 at Welbourne. The two officers were invited to eat breakfast. While waiting for his breakfast, Pelham took off his diamond ring and did the etching. "He was yet at the window when breakfast was announced. He dropped his hand abruptly from the pane," wrote Milham, "stepped without further delay into the dining-room." 1 After he left, the young Miss Dulany discovered the writing. What a delightful legend! Does anyone know anything about the mysterious Lieut. G. C. Walker?
Did our members know that Welbourne is open to "bed and breakfast"? Nat Morison did not ask for this endorsement, but Peggy and Jenny Young can attest to the beauty of a stay at Welbourne. You will enjoy the lovely countryside, an old-fashioned plantation breakfast, as well as the hospitality of the Morisons. If you're planning to get away, contact Nat at Welbourne, Middleburg, VA 22117.
1 Charles G. Milham, Gallant Pelham, p. 192.
This article first appeared in Volume 2, No. 2 of The Cannoneer.