Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Bridgewater,Va., March 29, 1861
The little village of Mt. Solon, in Augusta county
, about six miles from this place, but a short time ago gay and beautiful, is now almost entirely a heap of smoking ruins.
About ten o'clock this (Friday) morning, a fire broke out in a building near the "Lake
," known as the Variety Store
, which swept everything before it with irresistible sway.
When the alarm was given, the citizens of the village were attending a funeral at the church.
The solemn ceremony was stopped, and the terror stricken people rushed from the church to save their homes.
Finding it impossible to save the Variety Store
or the "Lake House," which was contiguous, they turned their attention to the other houses in the vicinity.-- They worked bravely and nobly; but a strong south wind blew the flames into their faces, and drove them back from house to house.--The fire proceeded from the Lake House
to the Hall
, which was soon in ashes.
The Post-Office and several adjacent buildings were saved, though they were so nearly lost that their sides towards the fire were considerably charred.
From the Hall
, the flames passed to some dwellings opposite the Post-Office, the greater number of which were burned.--There are different reports as to the number of buildings burned.
though the lowest estimation of which I have yet heard is eleven; the most reliable authority, however, of which I have heard, gives the number fifteen.
But, be that as it may, Mt. Solon
is a small village, in which the destruction of one house would strike terror to the hearts of her citizens; but when such an amount of property is consumed, and that property belonging chiefly to persons whose dependence is on the sweat of their brows, what a scene of desolation it must present!--I have no idea of the amount of loss, and do not know whether any of the property was insured.