Civil War-Era Map Shows Catlett Station and Teneriffe Mills

This small section, downloaded from the larger, free version of the Civil war-era Map  (1) shows the proximity of Catlett Station to Teneriff Mills.  According to a  report from a 1937 Works Progress Administration investigator who interviewed the then-current owner, Dr. Ernest M. Colvin,  Teneriff came into Dr. Colvin’s possession when he bought it in 1912. DR. Colvin had purchased Teneriff, says the report,  from  an Elizabeth Curry who’d acquired it in 1884, etc, etc.

It was with the Foulk family apparently before the war and during Reconstruction, so claims the report.  The report even includes the investigator’s typewritten transcript of the 1842 deed whereby  Teneriff was conveyed to the “Fowke” [sic] family from Thomas Hord & wife. The deed is interesting because there is a clear reference to a Hord Mill ,but nothing about a Teneriff Mill, so you can imagine my curiosity. I’m sure it existed, (hey–it’s on that CW map, folks.) but where?

I did a little Googling and, as if to confirm the CW map’s implication, I found Kimberly Protho William’s 2003 book, Pride of Place: rural residences in Fauquier County,  and it had a nice a paragraph about  Teneriff Mill and even vaguely alluded to the fact that the homestead was now owned and occupied by a great-grandson of Dr. Colvin.  (Yes, I knew that.)  Williams is a D.C. Architectural Historian with the city’s Planning Dept, and the book is the result of her 20-year study so you might say, she’s an expert at this sort of topic. Perfect. Because her reference to that Mill and that CW map were all I had to explain its existence; it doesn’t seem to turn up anywhere else.  I emailed Ms. Williams, explained who I was and why I was contacting her about her Teneriff Mill sources. ; I await a reply as of this writing.

Catlett Station, on the same CW map,  is less of a mystery. It was purchased by Samuel Catlett in the 1850s from the station’s first depot agent, Richard Colvin, Jr. on whose land it was located and was then named, Colvin Station. The full CW map and complete essay: What’s in a name? From Colvin Station to Catlett Station, describing the purchase as well as the full transcript  of the deed (my hard copy is too large to scan on my 11 x 14 scanner bed, alas, ) is available directly from the author  at

(1), “A map of Fauquier Co. Virginia / compiled from various sources, including a reconnaissanc [sic] by Capt. J.K. Boswell, Chf. Eng. 2d C., surveys of the O.& A. and the M.G. railroads, state maps, &c., with personal reconnaissance”

About Alex Colvin

Senior, History, minoring in Anthropology, University of Houston. Charter President, Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, (Webb UH Main 2014-2015) University of Houston. Additional credentials can be found in the CV / Services tab.
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