["Berry Hill Version 2"] by Kenneth H. Cook.
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5. The wide circular drive is flanked on either side by the office and the billiard parlor, four-columned miniatures of the mansion itself. They, too, date from the time of the original Coles dwelling, and were likewise remodelled. A number of original outbuildings still stand, including the smoke house, ice house and ash house. The ash house is one of only two remaining in the county. It was a functional little building, and was used thusly: ashes from the fireplaces in the mansion were collected and dumped in the ash house through an opening at the top. When it was full small Amounts of water were poured in, with the resulting product being lye, which was used to make soap. It is in poor condition today and in danger of total collapse. The grounds of Berry Hill, within the stone wall, contain some 25 acres, and are dotted with great trees. The gardens, which were situated east of the mansion, covered 10 acres. Mrs. Bruce had 10 slaves who did nothing else but care for her garden. The greenhouses were situated behind the office, along the edge of the garden, but these are gone now. all of the plantings in the garden were removed after the Civil War, all that is except the magnificent boxwoods and crepe myrtles. They are among the largest specimens in Virginia. The family cemetery, located on the third terrace of the former garden, still is owned by the Bruce family. Here are more than 40 graves. Besides Bruces, those buried here include Judge Paul Carrington, Jr., and Mrs. Carrington, parents of Gen. Edward Carrington; the child of a Berry Hill overseer; Olive Virginia Taylor, whose father was Presbyterian minister brought from Scotland to preach to the slaves; and William Wyche Wilkins, the father of Mrs. James Coles Bruce.