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Bristol, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Walnut Grove Plantation

 
 
Walnut Grove Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 23, 2022
1. Walnut Grove Plantation Marker
Inscription.  Col. Robert Preston (1750-1833) acquired 720 acres here in the 1780s and established Walnut Grove. Preston had emigrated from Ireland in 1773 and worked as assistant surveyor under his relative William Preston, who laid out vast areas of western Virginia. During the Revolutionary War, Robert Preston joined expeditions against the Cherokee and Loyalists. Gov. Thomas Jefferson appointed him the first surveyor of Washington County in 1779. Preston's frame house, built here ca. 1800, is among the county’s oldest. By the 1830s about 30 enslaved African Americans were laboring on his land. William Clark, of Lewis and Clark, breakfasted at the home of Preston’s son John at Walnut Grove in 1809.
 
Erected 2018 by Virginia Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-123.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureArchitectureWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1773.
 
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36° 38.183′ N, 82° 7.051′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Virginia. Marker is on Lee Highway (U.S. 11/19) 0.1 miles west of Forsythe Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol VA 24202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bristol, Virginia (approx. 0.3 miles away); East Hill Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away in Tennessee); Founder of Bristol (approx. 4.2 miles away in Tennessee); Slave Section of East Hill Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away); City Historian (approx. 4.2 miles away); Parlett House (approx. 4.3 miles away in Tennessee); Evan Shelby (approx. 4.4 miles away in Tennessee); Bristol Confederate Soldier Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
 
Also see . . .
1. Walnut Grove (PDF). National Register of Historic Places nomination for the site, which was listed in 2004. (National Archives) (Submitted on November 11, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 

2. Walnut Grove. Constructed between 1800 and 1815, Walnut Grove is one of Washington County’s oldest extant buildings. (Jeremy Harris and Kalen Martin-Gross, Clio: Your Guide to History, posted March 6, 2019) (Submitted on November 11, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Walnut Grove Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 23, 2022
2. Walnut Grove Plantation Marker
 
 
Walnut Grove Plantation House image. Click for full size.
Nyttend via Wikimedia Commons (public domain), January 28, 2017
3. Walnut Grove Plantation House
Front and western side of Walnut Grove. Completed in 1815, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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