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Prestwould Plantation in Southside Virginia

Prestwould Plantation

Make plans to visit this famous 18th Century plantation home. Sir Peyton Skipwith, originally of England and then Virginia, built this home in 1794. Prestwould is the most complete gentry home in Virginia. Many of the original outbuildings and Lady Jean's Garden remain. The original two-family slave house still stands on the manor house property. 
The site has one of the largest collections of slave writings in the country. Detailing life from the plantation from the slave perspective, it has attracted scholarly attention.
Located 3 miles North of Clarksville, Virginia's only lakeside town, on beautiful Buggs Island Lake/John H. Kerr Reservoir. This plantation is a few minutes short drive from Occoneechee State Park and 40 minutes from Staunton River State Park. The house is open for tours May thru October. Please add it to your itinerary when you visit our south central state parks!

Outbuilding at Prestwould Plantation, Clarksville, Virginia

Outbuilding at Prestwould Plantation, Clarksville, Virginia photo by Eli Pousson

Prestwould Plantation

Built by slave labor in 1794 in a post-revolutionary Georgian style, Prestwould Plantation prospered to become one of the wealthiest properties in America and today remains the most complete gentry home in Virginia.

Prestwould Plantation Historical Marker

Prestwould Plantation Historical Marker

From Staunton River State Park it is about 38 miles:

From Occoneechee State Park it is just 4 miles:

Virginia State Parks are open year-round, see a map of all 35 parks here. Make your plans to get outside and walk in the footsteps of history!

Published: 02/13/2012

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