|Creator:||Dent, Miriam, 1883-1953|
|Creator:||Dent, Ophelia, 1886-1973|
|Title:||Arabella Clark Cleveland collection|
|Quantity:||2.5 Linear feet (6 document boxes, 1 oversized folder A)|
Arabella Clark Cleveland (b. 1903?) was a student at Wykeham Rise School for Girls (Washington, CT) in 1912. There she met Ophelia Dent (1886-1973), a teacher, and they corresponded until Ophelia's death in 1973. Arabella was a frequent visitor to Hofwyl, the Dent plantation, and was considered as part of the family. Not as much is known of Arabella's life since her letters are not included. She lived in Duxbury, Massachusetts and worked in an antique shop. In 1936 she married Arthur C. "Punch" Cleveland, Jr. (d. 1950) and they lived at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. They had two children, Arthur "Case" Cleveland, III (b. 1937) and Arabella "Belle" (1938-2008). Artist Andrew Wyeth was a neighbor and Arabella helped to sell his paintings.
Ophelia Dent (1886-1973) was a teacher at Wykeham Rise School for Girls in Washington, CT. She also operated a dairy farm on Hofwyl Plantation in Brunswick, Georgia.
Miriam Dent (1883-1953) operated a dairy farm on Hofwyl Plantation in Brunswick, Georgia.
The Dent family, Ophelia, sister Miriam (1883-1953), brother Gratz (1881-1932), and their parents Miriam "Maimie" (1850-1931) and James (1848-1913), lived at Hofwyl Plantation near Brunswick, Georgia.
Wykeham Rise School for Girls was founded in Washington, Connecticut by Fanny Emma Davies in 1902.
The collection consists of letters to Arabella Cleveland from the Dent family and a few other friends, although the majority of the letters are from Ophelia. After their father's death, Miriam and Ophelia operated a dairy on the plantation. The letters describe daily life on the plantation including weather, the Hofwyl dairy, the eating and growing of food, flowers, servants, family dogs and poignant letters about their deaths, social events, travel, antiques, sewing and clothes. The Dents were constantly visiting or entertaining friends and neighbors and Ophelia describes in detail these visits. Ophelia often visited the Belins at their home Evermay (Washington, DC) and the DuPonts at their estate Longwood (Kennett Square, PA). Closer to home, the Dents were friends with the Haynes family at Ashantilly, the Huston family at Butler Plantation and the Phillips family in Savannah. Most of the letters from Ophelia were transcribed by Arabella's daughter, and these typescripts are included. Ophelia was very concerned with the preservation of houses and buildings and often mentioned the destruction of these in nearby Savannah. Evidence of this concern is shown in Ophelia's gift of the Hofwyl Plantation to the state of Georgia when she died. As of 2009 the plantation is still maintained as a State Historic Site where visitors can tour the house and grounds. There are also some photographs, recipes and feathers from unidentied birds.
Arranged by record type.
Arabella Clark Cleveland collection, 1912-1973. MS 3407. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.