Pharsalia: A Historic Plantation Thrives in Nelson County, VA
In the year 1814, a distinguished Revolutionary War veteran by the name of Major Thomas Massie constructed an extraordinary house on a 3,000-acre plantation in Nelson County, Virginia. Massie gifted the house—which was called Pharsalia—to his son, William, as a wedding present. Five generations later, Pharsalia still stands today in the dedicated hands of the Massie family, which strives to preserve and share its history and manage the working farm.
Besides its rich and well-documented history, Pharsalia is now also known for its flower farm. Picture your wedding ceremony in the shadow of dePriest Mountain, a display of fresh-cut flowers in the bride’s hands and a simple yet elegant boutonnieres, decorating the groom’s wardrobe. Pharsalia flowers are also arranged into centerpieces, food enhancements, arbor adornments, and can be purchased a local Farmer’s Markets. If you have any doubt about the exceptional quality of these floral arrangements, then know that Foxie Morgan (the great-great-great granddaughter of Major Thomas Massie) is an esteemed member of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG).
Although Pharsalia is a private residence, the Massies offer scheduled tours, events and workshops, and a stunning venue for special gatherings (including weddings, of course). 2014 is a particularly special year for Pharsalia, as the house turns 200 years old. The Massie family intends to celebrate all year long, so don’t miss the monthly, bicentennial festivities.
Now, you may be wondering about the name of the house. “Pharsalia” is a reference to the Roman poem about the war between Julius Caesar and Roman political leader Pompey the Great. As the poem Pharsalia is a historical epic, perhaps Thomas Massie thought his house would become so as well, and it is certainly well on its way.