Robert Bolling, member of the House of Burgesses, lived near here at his home Chellowe. A prolific writer, he published many poems as well as a treatise on wine-making. In 1766, Bolling precipitated a crisis when in an article in the Williamsburg Virginia Gazette he accused prominent legislators of showing favoritism in allowing their friend, and accused murderer, John Chiswell bail. Lt. Gov. Francis Fauquier instructed a grand jury “to punish the Licentiousness of the Press” and indict Bolling, but it refused. Bolling died in Richmond while participating in the Virginia Convention of July-Aug. 1775.
Date Approved by DHR: 06/21/2012
Year On Marker: 2012
Original Sponsor: Bolling Family Association
Geographic Location: Buckingham County
Physical Description of Location: US 60 (E James Anderson Highway) Cumberland, VA 23040. Marker is on right when traveling east on US 60 about 1,000 past intersection with Scotts Bottom Road (State Route 632).
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