MacCallum More, which is Scottish for Home of the Clan, was begun in 1929 by Lucy Morton Hudgins, wife of Edward Wren Hudgins, former Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court. Their son, William Henry Hudgins, continued to expand the gardens until his death in 1986. As Personal Aid to President Truman and to Admiral Carney, the Commander in Chief of NATO, Mr. Hudgins traveled extensively, and sent back treasures from around the world which were incorporated into his garden design. The five acre organically maintained botanical gardens, arboretum and wildlife habitat feature herbs, wildflowers, native plants, roses and various theme gardens. Beautiful meandering paths lined with boxwood, azalea and dogwood reveal nine imported fountains and many eclectic works of art. The gardens are highlighted by stone walls filled with friezes purchased by Mr. Hudgins during his travels. Sections of the gardens are dedicated to family members with a plaque.
The museum, which opened in April 1996, houses three permanent exhibits. The Arthur Robertson Exhibit displays Indian artifacts collected locally by Chase City native Arthur Robertson. Tools and weapons, dating from 9500BC to 1600 AD, give a clear picture of the lifestyles and cultures of the seven periods of Native Americans. The Thyne Institute Exhibit tells the story of an African-American boarding school established in 1876 in Chase City. The Mecklenburg Hotel Exhibit contains memorabilia from the hotel which was built in 1903 and became famous for its curative waters. The museum also showcases revolving art displays of varied mediums.
The gift shop offers many garden related items including books, candles, herbal soaps, note cards, herbal blends and gifts.
The Hudgins home, built in 1929, is open for use by civic organizations for meetings and other events as well as for small private parties. The house can also be utilized by bridal parties during weddings.
Mr. Hudgins wanted to share his love of nature and history with others. We hope you enjoy your trip through this unique oasis and come back to visit us soon.
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