Dr. Wilson Cary Selden

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Wilson Cary Selden

Birthplace: Loudon County, Province of Virginia
Death: Died in Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Wilson Cary Selden and Elizabeth Selden
Husband of Mary Mason Selden; Eleanor Selden and Mary Bowles Armistead
Father of Wilson Cary Selden; Lucian Cary Selden; Elizabeth Armistead Selden; John D Selden and Wilson Cary Selden
Brother of Ann Breckinridge; Joseph Selden; Sarah Cary Selden; Mary Selden; Elizabeth Selden and 2 others

Managed by: Jacomina Pieternella de Regt
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About Dr. Wilson Cary Selden

Will written 26 Mar 1831, probated 12 May 1835; surgeon in Virginia Artillery Regt. in Revolutionary War; captured at St. Eustatia and remained a prisoner until 1782; purchased the Buckroe estate from his father in 1790 though later sold it; memb. of the Virginia Assembly 1793; vestryman at Leesburg; later lived at Gloucester then at "Exeter", Loudoun Co.


From the English Wikipedia page on Exeter, his home:


Exeter was a late 18th century Georgian house near Leesburg, Virginia, that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places from 1973 to August 1980, when it was destroyed by fire and subsequently de-listed from the National Register. The house and its dependencies were unusually elaborate for northern Virginia.


The house was built about 1790 by Dr. Wilson Cary Selden on a property that he had inherited from his first wife, Mary Mason Selden, who was a niece of George Mason. Selden and his second wife, Eleanor Love Selden, expanded the property as the centerpiece of a plantation. In 1835 Selden's son Wilson Cary Selden, Jr. inherited the property, but sold in 1846 to General George Rust, who expanded the house to the rear. The property played a role in the American Civil War when the Battle of Ball's Bluff was fought on the plantation's lands, with Confederate General Jubal Early using the house as a headquarters. The house had fallen into disrepair by the 1970s, and was destroyed by fire in August 1980.[2][3]


Exeter was a seven-part house. It was dominated by a two-story tetrastyle Ionic portico with Chinese Chippendale railings on the upper level, added in the 1830s to replace a one-story pedimented portico. The portico was flanked by single recessed bays, then by hyphens recessed farther back, and finally by small pavilions on either end.

The mass of the house was reduced by a gambrel roof on the upper story. The interior featured an entrance hall with a stair hall behind, with a parlor to the south and a dining room to the north. Three main bedrooms were upstairs.

The house retained most of its original woodwork. An 1850s addition housed additional rooms to the rear. A number of outbuildings surrounded the house, one of which has been restored as a community center.[3] A barn was demolished to construct the bypass for U.S. Route 15.[2]

Exeter was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 14, 1973 and was de-listed after its destruction by fire in August 1980.[1][4]


  • 1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  • 2. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Staff (January 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Exeter". National Park Service. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  • 3. ^ "About Us". Exeter Homeowner's Association. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  • 4. ^ "Properties Removed from National Register Listing". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
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Dr. Wilson Cary Selden's Timeline

Loudon County, Province of Virginia
Age 34
Age 35
July 17, 1818
Age 57
Loudoun, VA, USA
March 29, 1819
Age 58
March 24, 1820
Age 59
February 24, 1822
Age 61
Loudoun, VA, USA
March 14, 1835
Age 74
Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, United States