One of the best things about living in a historic house is learning about the generations of its former inhabitants. Our Virginia home, part of which dates to the Colonial era, is rich in history; but we've learned of a connection with the Welfare Program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from a former employee and friend of the family who implemented the plan. Dykeland, in Amelia County, Va., is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. It is notable for its mid-19th century owner Lewis Edwin Harvie, a state senator and ardent secessionist. It was Harvie who first introduced the bill of secession in the Virginia State legislature. The bill was rejected initially, since Virginia was reluctant to go to war, only to be reintroduced and passed after the firing upon Fort Sumpter in South Carolina.
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