Slaughter Ficklin was the master of the Belle Mont Estate, a 551 acre farm that was developed into Charlottesville's Belmont-Carlton neighborhood.  
He died in 1886.
Ficklin's father moved to the Crozet area in the 1800's and moved to Charlottesville in the 1820's and became a tobacco merchant and minister. 
Ficklin was not the original owner of the estate, but he was perhaps its most important steward. 
Debts incurred due to his wife's mental illness led to the estate being sold to the Belmont Land Company. 
His brother Benjamin Franklin Ficklin was successful in the stagecoach business in the western United States. 
Ficklin was a supporter of the Confederacy during the Civil War. At one point, he was imprisoned by a Union General Schenck for ten days.