Elisabeth Aiken Nolting
The Central Virginian, August 17, 2000

Elisabeth Aiken Nolting, 93, of Bracketts, died Saturday, August 12, 2000, at her home.  Miss Nolting was born November 16, 1906, in Richmond, the daughter of the late Maria Louise Whitlock McGuire Nolting and William Otto Nolting.  She was preceded in death by her stepfather, the Rev. G. Freeland Peter, Canon of the National Cathedral and resided with her family at Tudor Place, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and Cobham Park Farm, Cobham.  As a child much of her time was spent with her uncle, Carl Nolting at Bracketts Farm.

She was a graduate of the Collegiate School, Richmond and a graduate in 1926 from the National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C.  She was a leading figure in conservation causes, especially the protection of open space and agricultural land.

During World War II, she volunteered to work with the wounded and ill in India and in the Yunan Providence, China.  Her duties frequently required her to be an ambulance driver.  She was on duty in Burma on V-J Day.

Upon the death of Carl Nolting in 1958, Miss Nolting acquired Bracketts Farm and continued its 150-year-history of good stewardship and agricultural production.  Bracketts was well known for its pure-bred Angus beef cattle, hay and small grain production.

In addition to her farming activities, she was active with Grace Episcopal Church, Cismont and St. John’s Chapel, Green Springs.  She was a distinguished horsewoman and a member of the Keswick Hunt.  She was a lifelong member of the Garden Club of Virginia and known for her prize-winning lilies and beautiful garden.

From 1972 to 1992, she was the president of the Historic Green Springs, Inc., and a leading proponent in protecting the Green Springs National Historic Landmark District from mining, development, and other threats.

Miss Nolting is survived by numerous cousins, among them are Molly Nolting Bruner of Ravenel, South Carolina; Jane Nolting Meniktos of Charlottesville and Grace Lindsay Nolting of Fluvanna County; other family members, George Carter Nolting, Richard Massie Nolting III, James Lockwood Nolting and Mark Harrison Nolting; and a host of friends throughout Virginia as well as her neighbors in the Green Springs community.

Miss Nolting’s final resting place is in St. John’s Chapel Cemetery, in Green Springs.

Carl Henry Nolting
The Central Virginian April 11, 1958

Carl Henry Nolting, 84, died Wednesday, April 9, 1958, at his home “Bracketts” in Green Springs. Mr. Nolting, the son of Emil Otto Nolting, a German immigrant, was born July 31, 1874, in Richmond. Carl Nolting attended Norwood’s and McGuires private schools and The University of Virginia. Carl married Phoebe Delaney Wetherill of Chester, Pennsylvania. Their wedding, on April 20, 1917, in Chester, was described in the Washington Post, April 17, 1917. Carl’s brother, Frederick E. Nolting was also being married in Washington and his forthcoming marriage was described by the paper as among the most interesting of the summer. Frederick E. Nolting’s son became Ambassador to Vietnam in 1961 in the Kennedy Administration.

Carl Nolting purchased “Bracketts” Farm in 1903 from Henry C. Beattie and added more than 150 acres to Bracketts over the course of the next 23 years. Mr. Nolting represented Louisa in the House of Delegates in the 1908 and 1910 sessions of the General Assembly. In 1928, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Houston, Texas. He was a member of the Louisa County Democratic Committee. He was also a member of and chairman of the Louisa County Board of Supervisors.

Carl Nolting was appointed to the Virginia State Game Commission in 1930 and served as its Chairman from 1933 to 1942. In 1942, the agency was re-organized to include an executive director. Carl continued to serve the agency until 1946.

Carl Nolting was vice president and a board member of the Bank of Louisa. He was president of the Louisa Farmers Fire Insurance Company and secretary-treasurer of the Carolina Construction Company and a member of the Virginia State Fair Association.

After his retirement from the Game Commission in 1946, he returned to Bracketts and raised a beef cattle herd as well as managed his pony business, selling ponies all over the United States and in several countries in Europe.

Carl Henry Nolting’s final resting place is in St. John’s Chapel Cemetery.

Write to us at:
Elisabeth Aiken Nolting Charitable Foundation
Bracketts Farm
PO Box 358
Gordonsville, Virginia 22942

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