Thorn Hill

September 24, 2018

“Historic Thorn Hill Is Site Of Historic Lexington Foundation Donor Appreciation Evening”


Bennett and Alyson Ross were gracious hosts at an event September 20th to thank major donors who have supported HLF’s ongoing preservation efforts. Their donations have gone back into the community for projects supporting the preservation of historic homes, schools, cemeteries, and other sites in Rockbridge County.


Thorn Hill was constructed in 1792 for Col. John Bowyer. It is one of the most important late Georgian homes in Rockbridge County and is featured in HLF’s book The Architecture of Historic Rockbridge. Later owners included John White Brockenbrough, a Washington College Trustee who was instrumental in the founding of the Washington and Lee University Law School. Both Bowyer and Brockenbrough are buried in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery. Their graves are two of many featured in HLF’s walking tour brochure of the cemetery.


As part of the evening ceremonies, HLF President Suzanne Rice and board member Bruce Macdonald presented the Rosses with a framed color drawing of Thorn Hill drawn by Macdonald. In her remarks that evening, Rice also thanked the Kappa Alpha Order for underwriting the event and board member Elizabeth Boetsch for her work in organizing the event.




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