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Prestwould is a historic house near Clarksville, Virginia It is the most intact and best documented plantation surviving in Southside Virginia The house was built by Sir Peyton Skipwith, 7th Baronet Skipwith, who moved his family from his Elm Hill Plantation to Prestwould in 1797 It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2003[1][4][5] It is located on the north side of the Roanoke River, 1-mile 16 km inland, approximately 6 miles 97 km southwest of the intersection of Route 15 and Route 701, and approximately one mile north of Clarksville's town limits[5] Now a museum property, it is open for tours from April to October, or by appointment


  • 1 Description and history
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Description and history

Prestwould, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1935 Built in 1797 for Sir Peyton Skipwith

Prestwould Plantation today consists of almost 46 acres 19 ha on the north side of the Roanoke River Its main house is situated on a hill overlooking the upper reaches of John H Kerr Reservoir, a result of damming the river in the 1950s The plantation complex includes eight buildings, all built before 1830 and most dating to the 1780s The house is a handsome brick building with a hip roof and a pair of interior chimneys The main facade is symmetrical, with seven bays The center three bays of the first floor are sheltered by a gabled porch, supported by Doric columns Similar porches are found on two other sides of the building The secondary buildings of the complex are all wood frame structures, and include an office, plantation store, slave quarters, and a pair of smokehouses[1]

See also

  • List of National Historic Landmarks in Virginia
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Mecklenburg County, Virginia


  1. ^ a b c Hudgins, Carter L, Edward Chappell, and John H Sprinkle Jr September 1, 2001 "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Prestwould" pdf National Park Service Cite journal requires |journal= helpCS1 maint: multiple names: authors list linkmw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right and Accompanying 17 photos, exterior and interior, from 2001 and 2002 32 KB
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register" Virginia Department of Historic Resources Retrieved 5 June 2013
  3. ^ "National Register Information System" National Register of Historic Places National Park Service January 23, 2007
  4. ^ a b "Prestwould" National Historic Landmark summary listing National Park Service Retrieved 2008-04-15
  5. ^ a b Staff, Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, James W Moody Jr, Director April 28, 1969 "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Prestwould" pdf National Park Service Cite journal requires |journal= helpCS1 maint: multiple names: authors list link

External links

  • Prestwould, the house and touring information
  • Prestwould, Mecklenburg County, one photo at Virginia DHR
  • Prestwould Plantation, US Route 15 vicinity, Clarksville vicinity, Mecklenburg County, VA: 4 photos, 23 drawings, 2 data pages, at Historic American Buildings Survey
  • Prestwould family cemetery on Find a Grave

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