Letter from George Dewey Scott, father of actor George C Scott
January 6, 1981
My Dear Cousin
Now are you ready for this? The sister of Helen's father married Col. George Patton, the grandfather of George Patton 111, whom George C. played in the motion picture, "Patton." Now, will you believe it is a small world? What is more, the father of Helen's grandmother was Col. Noah Grant, who was one of the "Indians" that threw the British Tea in the Boston Harbor! The great manor house, which Helen's grandfather finished in 1844, is where we "courted," where we went back for Thanksgiving dinner. Both Helen and her father, were born in this house and in the same room. The grandfather got rich from his salt and gas wells. So, by 1844 he wanted to build his wife and family a Manor House, which he did in the Kanawha Valley, at the mouth of Kellys Creek - 12 miles up the river from Charleston. His first profits, he gave his wife in silver coins and she must have had two bushels of them, because she sent them by river boat to a smelter in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were melted down and made into 12 silver goblets, 12 silver tumblers, a large serving tray, large fruit bowl, water pitcher, coffe pot and all the family's flatware - and after 136 years they still have them!!
The Plantation Complex, consisted of the Manor House,
a cottage, which Mr. Tompkins used for his office, a
barn, grain cribs and quarters for 34 slaves. He
names his house, "Cedar Grove," because of its
location. It has 16 rooms and a full 3rd floor
attic and a separate kitchen, connected by a
"breeze-way." The house still contains 90% of
the of the original floors. "Cedar Grove" is now
a Historical Monument, as well as her Uncle Geo. S.
Patton's home in Charleston, which she took me to
see. When the grandfather sold the salt and gas
wells, to a large corporation, it was specified, in
the sales contract, that "Cedar Grove" and its out
buildings, were to have free gas, as long as it was
owned by a member of the Tompkins family. So it
is, that all rooms are still heated by "gas-log"
fireplaces and have been for over 100 years!!
submitted by Nancy
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