Cedar Level

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Bolling Family Significance: This the oldest Bolling home still standing in America. It was built very near the time of Robert Bolling I death (1645-1709).
Historical Significance: During the Civil War Federal Troops used the house as a hospital and Headquarters.

Summary of Site History:

Originally Cedar Level was part of Robert Bolling I’s land, which included Kippax , extending to the banks of the Appomattox River. Today, Cedar Level has 22 acres
Succeeding Owners: Robert Bolling II lived at Cedar Level with his wife, Anne Cocke, whom he married in1706, with their eight children. Drury Bolling, his younger brother eventually owned all of Kippax and Cedar Level. Drury’s daughter and only child, was the next owner followed by her son, Dr. Theordorick Bland, Jr. They had no children. At his death in 1790, his widow, Martha Dangerfield Bland inherited the property. She remarried to Nathan Blodgett. After his death she married Captain Curran, moving to Paris and died there. In 1816, the property passed from her estate to her husband’s nephew, Samuel Perkins. In 1828, he sold 254 acres to Daniel Eppes, who sold it to John Meade, whose widow sold to William Watkins. His son, Samuel, sold to J. B. Corner, whose widow inherited it. A granddaughter of J. B. Corner, Mrs. Julius J. Heretick, inherited both Kippax and Cedar Level. Alex Heretick’s widow now owns Cedar Level.

Details of Building and Grounds:

Full History of the Site: Robert Bolling II lived at Cedar Level with his wife, Anne Cocke, whom he married in1706, with their eight children. Drury Bolling, his younger brother eventually owned all of Kippax and Cedar Level. Drury’s daughter and only child, was the next owner followed by her son, Dr. Theordorick Bland, Jr. They had no children. At his death in 1790, his widow, Martha Dangerfield Bland inheirited the property. She remarried to Nathan Blodgett. After his death she married Captain Curran, moving to Paris and died there. In 1816, the property passed from her estate to her husband’s nephew, Samuel Perkins. In 1828, he sold 254 acres to Daniel Eppes, who sold it to John Meade, whose widow sold to William Watkins. His son, Samuel, sold to J. B. Corner, whose widow inherited it. A granddaughter of J. B. Corner, Mrs. Julius J. Heretick, inheirited both Kippax and Cedar Level. Alex Heretick’s widow now owns Cedar Level.
Family Heirlooms at Site: None

Graves on Site: Mrs. Alex Heretick, present owner, said her husband remembered being told as a child, there were some unmarked graves in the yard just to the east of the house

Sources of Information: James Patton, Julian Robertson, Mary Mitchell Calos

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Type of Site: 

Original Owner: 

Robert Bolling II

Access: 

The property is privately owned. At this time visitors are not welcome. You may stop at the end of the driveway on Cedar Level Road, which ends there.

Current Owner: 

Mrs. Alex J. Heretick
812 Cedar Level Road

Mrs. Heretic’s son-in-law, is presently representing her in selling the property. Phone number: (727) 823-1230, ext. 229 or ext. 232.

Location: 

Cedar Level 23860 Hopewell, VA
United States
37° 16' 29.2764" N, 77° 19' 6.8412" W

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Current Status of Cedar Level

In 2011 Betty and I visited the site and alas, all that remains of Cedar Level and the surrounding area is a subdivision of new vinyl sided homes! Granted, when the Association last visited the area we found Cedar Level was a sad and probably less than stable shadow of it's earlier years! At least there are photographs although, some appear to contain "unwelcome" intruders! (:>)