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Blacksburg in Montgomery County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Solitude

 
 
Solitude Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kathy Walker, February 16, 2009
1. Solitude Marker
Inscription. The earliest portion of Solitude was constructed about 1801 on land owned by Philip Barger, who sold the property in 1803 to James Patton Preston, governor of Virginia (1816-1819). Governor John Floyd (1830-1834), Preston's brother-in-law, lived at Solitude about 1814-1815. Preston's son, Col. Robert Preston, enlarged the house from a simple log dwelling to a central-passage-plan, Greek Revival-style house about 1851. Col. Preston sold Solitude in 1872 to secure the location of Virginia's first land-grant university, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
 
Erected 1992 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number I 20.)
 
Location. 37° 13.578′ N, 80° 25.539′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, Virginia, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Greenhouse Drive and Drillfield Drive, on the right when traveling south on Greenhouse Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg VA 24060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert James Davidson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Marshall Hahn Jr. (about 500 feet away); Harvey Lee Price (about
View looking south Photo, Click for full size
By Kathy Walker, February 16, 2009
2. View looking south
500 feet away); John Edward Williams (about 600 feet away); Frank Leigh Robeson (about 600 feet away); Thomas Oldham Sandy (about 600 feet away); Mary Draper Ingels (about 700 feet away); Thomas Barksdale Hutcheson (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. James Patton Preston - National Governors Association. (Submitted on February 22, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. John B. Floyd - Virginia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on February 22, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
3. Solitude. Virginia Tech (Submitted on April 4, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Solitude (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on April 5, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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View to the east Photo, Click for full size
By Kathy Walker, February 16, 2009
3. View to the east
The Drill field is in the distance.
Solitude Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, April 3, 2011
4. Solitude
Solitude, front Photo, Click for full size
By Patricia Strat, May 18, 2012
5. Solitude, front
Solitude, rear Photo, Click for full size
By Patricia Strat, May 18, 2012
6. Solitude, rear
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 867 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on , by Patricia Strat of Oakton, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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