The History of Oakridge

Constructed around the beginning of the 19th Century, Oakridge was the home of Sophia Hoomes, the only daughter of Col. John Hoomes and Judith Churchill Allen. The Hoomes were arguably one of the wealthiest families north of Richmond in mid 18th Century Virginia, owning most of the land that would become Caroline County. Oakridge was the brainchild of John Hoomes (1749 – 1805), a local businessman who established a “stage road” connecting Richmond to Port Royal and Fredericksburg. Hoomes modeled Oakridge after his more notable home, the Old Manor, which played host to the earliest thoroughbred racehorse track in Virginia.

Upon John’s death in 1805, the 4000 acre tract was willed to his wife Judith, with a majority of the property going to his son John. With John’s death without issue in 1824, however, the property was once again divided between Sophia and and her other brothers, with Oakridge and the surrounding property going to her. Sophia would live at Oakridge until her death in 1863, having 13 children (only 4 survived infancy).

The property was willed to her son John, who would lose Oakridge in 1871 to a land speculator from Henrico. From there, the property would change hands multiple times. As of 2020, the property belongs to the Webb family, who also owns a construction company and several businesses in and around Bowling Green.

Despite the house no longer being here due to a fire in the 1980’s, the land of Oakridge serves as the last vestige of life in the early republic, untouched due to its geographical isolation off of Rt. 301 and from modernization and urbanization that has overtaken other areas around Bowling Green.

Sources:

History of Caroline County Virginia, Elliott Campbell

Virginia Genealogy Society, Letters and Paper of Col John Hoomes 1780-1810

Virginia Historical Society, Vol 38 January, 1930 pp 73-86 Will of Col. John Hoomes