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TOURING TOWN 

Hey Hounders,  Bet a lot of y'all think that our name, The Bumpass Hounds, is a take-off on the dogs in The Christmas Story movie.  Not so; they're really the Bumpus Hounds to relate to their "hick" or "redneck" owners background.  Our name comes from the highly sophisticated community we live in, Bumpass, VA.  Here' A little of the history of the bustling  metropolis of Bumpass, VA.

Bumpass, Virginia 

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Bumpass is an unincorporated community located primarily in Louisa County, Virginia, United States, but covering a small portion of both Spotsylvania and Hanover Counties as well. It has received moderate fame for its unusual name. Named for the Bumpass family (from the French Bon Pas meaning "good step") who lived in the area when it was named. It is known for its many farms, defunct ice cream spoon factory, alpaca ranches, and lumbering operations.   It contains most of Lake Anna and several houses and estates from the 18th to early 20th centuries, including Jerdone Castle, a plantation (now lakefront) dating to 1742 that is a Virginia Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historical Places. In addition, Bumpass is the home of Argonaut BioFuels, one of the largest biomass-to-energy facilities in the country currently under construction. Alternate names associated with the locality include Bumpas, Bumpass Station, Bumpass Turnout, Jackson District, Northern District, and Second Turnout.  
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Demographics




Downtown Bumpass Crossroads    

1st Mate Chance
Zipcode: 23024 
Population (2000): 6,351. Population density, 58 people per square mile with 3,190 males (50.2%) and females 3,161 (49.8%.) White population: 5,526, Black population: 712, American Indian population: 35, Asian population: 17, Some other race population: 7. 100% Rural Population. Population density: 61 people per square mile. Median household income (1999): $43,625. Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $184,422. Bumpass is located at 37°57′49″N 77°44′14″W / 37.96361°N 77.73722°W / 37.96361; -77.73722Coordinates: 37°57′49″N 77°44′14″W / 37.96361°N 77.73722°W / 37.96361; -77.73722.

History

Bumpass is named for Captain John Thomas Bumpass Sr. (1822-1884), "Capt. Tom" who was the son of Jack Bumpass (first with this name to settle in the area.) He was a captain of the Virginia State Militia whom during the Civil War provided fuel and water for troop trains along the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad (then Louisa Railroad.) The site of the old Bumpass farm marks the point where the Bumpass community was first sprung from a small hamlet situated along a turnout. Suiting to its original namesake of 2nd Turnout renamed Bumpass' Turnout or later to be known as simply Bumpass. Over the years the area began to expand and grow from one hamlet to a variable of localities such as Buckner and Locust Creek. Like other peculiar named place Bumpass has gathered a moderate reputation for unusualness. It has frequently been the site of a multiple things that are either simply just curious or which are picturesque of such a remote sort of area. Such is the case of the Grasberger Ice Cream Spoon Factory which specialized in the manufacturing of ice cream spoons, paper ice cream plates, and pickle/cocktail forks. It shut down in the 1920s, but in 2001 some of Goochland County's "Field Day of the Past" volunteers salvaged much of the Grasberger's old equipment and transported it from Louisa County to Goochland County. There it remains an important part of an exhibit on late 19th century machinery. The nostalgic phrase “George Washington slept here” (a frequent claim to fame by many varying small communities) also applies to this area. As on the night of June 10, 1791 the former president made an overnight visit to Jerdone Castle located in Bumpass. 
Jerdone Castle

8 comments:

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thank fur sharing that great tour!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Sierra Rose said...

That was great!!!! What a place! Love the photo of first mate :)

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Scout 'n Freyja said...

That is SO COOL to learn about your name! Whoda' thunk it?

Momma said to tell you that she's a voting fool lately with all of the contests. She put buttons on our bloggy so she is reminded eFURy morning to do the patriotic thing and vote☺

Sam said...

Very informative! Thank you!

Sam

Sheila and Bob said...

What a great tour and a lot of information, Thanks for sharing that.
It sounds like a place we would sure like to live.

Hamish & Sophie

Gus said...

We like the "castle" place. Muzzer has delusions of granduer, ya know.

gussie

Fred said...

Very cool! Yes--I thought it was from the movie, but this is even better! But I still like to call you Bumpasses!!!

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

My mom says Bumpass is a budding metropolitan area compared to where she is from, population 702. There are some pretty fun names for Virginia towns. Bumpass, Culpepper, very fun!

Kat

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