South of the Dan Driving Tour
Historic Buildings in Halifax County, Virginia
Sunny View
The Patrick Henry Boy's Home - Cluster Springs

Sunny View 1894

"Sunny View" consists of a 14 room home and 100 acres of land that were donated to Patrick Henry Plantation by the Rogers family in 1982. An additional 200 acres were later donated by Mr. and Mrs. William Rogers.

This massive victorian mansion that was built by Rufus Owen, I, youngest son of William L. Owen, has a tile reception hall downstairs and an equally great slate hall on the upper floor. Floors are marble in the back hall, dining room and hall.

Here, in the 1920s, Owen's friends danced to Victrola records. Among the dancers then were Governor Bill Tuck and his future wife Eva L. Dillard.

It was built in the nineties after a fire demolished the original antebellum home built by Rufus' father, the notable planter, landowner and politician, William L. Owen. William, his wife and eleven children had lived for fifteen years at "Elwood Farm" which still stands whithin Cluster Springs Village.

The stepping stone at the front of the walkway was used by the ladies and gentlemen of the era for entering the carriages of the time.

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   The transcription and the updated photos are the work of Dan Shaw. In some cases modifications to the original text have been made to improve the flow of the story, correct typos, and insert new or clarifying information. Additional facts or further corrections are welcome.    This author takes no credit for the original publications and its research. These local historians should be honored for the their endless hours of efforts to document this county's history for posterity.