The Folly Castle, Petersburg, Virginia: Or, Sugar Runs With Scissors

Sugar has a theory.

Sugar thinks that when you need a pair of scissors, nothing else will do.

Basically, I’m good with that.  More importantly, I believe that when you have sewing scissors, you do not cut hair or paper with them.  Just ask any seamstress, or your mother.

I, however, do not see the need to buy several more pairs of scissors just because we walk by the $1 bin at Lowe’s.  Apparently, at Sugar’s house, scissors go the way of safety pins and paper clips at other people’s houses.  Perhaps his dogs take them outside and do some minor landscaping and haircuts.

Sugar keeps a pair of scissors in the van.  I’m not good with that.  I imagine a flying projectile in an accident.  There’s a pair in the van anyway.

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We found the Folly Castle  with no problem.  It was not what I expected, and I can’t find very much written about it that is not repetitive.  Sugar wanted to stay at Folly Castle, because it’s supposed to be a bed-and-breakfast, but the phone number was disconnected, and the last online review was written years ago.

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We are facing towards Petersburg.

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We are facing away from Petersburg, and the sign is identical on both sides.

FOLLY CASTLE

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THIS HOUSE WAS THE TOWN HOME

OF PETER JONES, WHO BUILT IT IN

1763.  IT WAS CALLED FOLLY

CASTLE BECAUSE IT WAS A LARGE

HOUSE BUILT FOR A CHILDLESS MAN, BUT

JONES LATER HAD OFFSPRING.

MAJOR ERASMUS GILL, REVOLU-

TIONARY SOLDIER, ALSO LIVED HERE.

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Not a castle at all by today’s standards, but old terminology says that it can be referred to as a castle.

You can read more about the history of the neighborhood here.

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For. Sale.

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IMPORTANT!
We found this property to be vacant/abandoned. This information will be reported to the
mortgage holder. The mortgage holder has the right and duty to protect this property. The
property may be rekeyed and/or winterized within 3 days. If this property is NOT VACANT,
please contact Safeguard Properties at 877-340-8482.
Code Enforcement & Building Officials: For any issues at this property please contact
Safeguard Properties Code Enforcement Dept. at 800-852-8306, extension 2173 or
code.enforcement@safeguardproperties.com

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Through the window.

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Yes, through the window.

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Over the fence on the left side of the house.

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Over the fence on the right side of the house.

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More over the fence on the right side of the house.

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Across the street.

We got back in the van, and Sugar rustled around and came up with a pair of scissors.  He said, “I’ll be right back”, and he hustled back to the front of the house and disappeared behind the bushes on the left side of the front porch.

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He had spotted a lone rose growing between the bushes and the house.  I never noticed it, and I wonder how a rose bush that needs at least 8 hours of sunlight could live in the shadows and produce this beautiful rose.

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Have scissors, will travel.

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6 Responses to “The Folly Castle, Petersburg, Virginia: Or, Sugar Runs With Scissors”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Yes, Ruth, DO NOT use my pinking shears for a “fun” border on your paper project! hahaha

    I carry a Swiss Army knife, just in case of….something.

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    • ruthrawls Says:

      Yes, my mother was not happy when I used her pinking shears on paper. As an act of karma, I now own those pinking shears. They do not cut very well.

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  2. leo Says:

    Delta Dawn, what’s that flower you have on
    Could it be a faded rose from days gone by
    And did I hear you say he was a-meeting you here today
    To take you to his mansion in the sky

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    • ruthrawls Says:

      Sugar pressed the rose in his huge volume of Virginia History in the section “Jones”. We imagine that someday when his kids are going through his stuff, they will find this rose, look at each other, shake their heads sadly and say, “What was wrong with Dad?”

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  3. TheBarnTales Says:

    I’m so glad I went scanning through your posts because I just remembered that I have a comment (I need to stop reading on my phone since it always gives me trouble when I want to comment. Or even like. SHEESH). I read this post while we were driving to my mom’s house. When we were getting in the truck, I wished we had a pair of scissors, because there was a clump of roses I wanted to get to take to Mom, but I didn’t have anything to cut them with, we were already running late, and this pregnant lady wasn’t going back upstairs, haha. Scissors go the way of paperclips and such at our house, too. At one point, we had two pairs of safety scissors, and when they were on clearance after back-to-school time, I bought 6 more (my husband just shook his head). Now we have three pairs. Where are the others? WHO KNOWS? We’re also supposed to have two pairs of black-handled “normal” scissors and a green-handled pair and a blue-handled pair…. nope.

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    • ruthrawls Says:

      Scissors and spoons were the disappearing utensils when my children were small. Most of the spoons were in the backyard, just in case an archaeological dig happened along.

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