Brooke Hall Ledger Book - 1830s
AC 008

 Emory & Henry College - Jos. Davis Accounts - 1854-55

Summary Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Brook Hall Ledger Book - 1830s and Emory and Henry Accounts with Jos. W. Davis, merchant, 1854-55
AC 008
Date [inclusive]
1.5 Linear feet
Physical Description
Contains one ledger from Brook Hall documenting customer accounts during the 1830s. The ledger measures approximately 12" wide X 17" tall. About 9" of the front cover was cut off the ledger sometime in the past, along with the top 9" of about half the pages of the book. However, a significant portion - over half - of the ledger exists intact, including the bottom 6" of all pages for the first half of the ledger, and full pages for the remaining part. Also includes six monthly account ledgers documenting purchases by Emory & Henry College with Jos. W. Davis, merchant, dating 1854-55.
Text [Box]
This ledger book was used at Brook(e) Hall in Washington County on the Lee Highway, "rather in between Emory and Henry College and Glade Spring". It contains transactions from the 1830s. Brooke Hall was owned by Colonel Alexander Biers, According to John Preston McConnell, Brooke Hall was "a very imposing palace or residence on the Lee Highway." Alexander Biers "was a great farmer, slave-owner, and business man. He owned and operated a mill at his place for all kinds of grain, a carving machine, saw mill and general store, a distillery and tannery and participated in about everything that an old-time Virginia farmer of the very highest order carried on." "His house, Brooke Hall, was the stopping place for many distinguished men from Tennessee, and the Southwest on the way to Washington, Richmond, Baltimore, and teh eastern sections of population and influence." - notes from John Preston McConnell's letter of provenance. "Brooke" is the spelling Dr. McConnell uses, but "Brook" is found in the ledgers. Also included are six monthly account statements between Emory & Henry College and Jos. W. Davis, merchant, dated various months in 1854-55. These were included with the the Brook Hall materials by Dr. McConnell.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Brook Hall Ledger Book, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia

Restrictions to Access

An appointment for research is required. The collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan.

Custodial History

Presented to John Preston McConnell by the grandson of Alexander Hess while McConnell was a professor at Emory and Henry College (e.g., prior to 1911).

Processing Information

Processed by Gene Hyde, Summer 2011.

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Collection Inventory

Brook Hall Ledger Book 

Letter of provenance from Radford President John Preston McConnell, April 5, 1935 

Emory & Henry College accounts with merchant Jos. W. Davis, 1854-55