Blacksburg in Montgomery County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Smithfield, visible to the northeast, was the last home of Col. William Preston, a noted surveyor who fostered the settlement of western lands. Preston was also a Revolutionary officer, Indian fighter, and a member of the House of Burgesses. Built soon after 1773, Smithfield is one of the earliest surviving houses in southwestern Virginia. The house is a remarkable expression of architectural sophistication in what only a generation before had been the edge of the frontier. Smithfield remained in the possession of Preston descendants for almost two hundred years.
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KG-9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1773.
Location. 37° 12.868′ N, 80° 25.685′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, Virginia, in Montgomery CountyTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg VA 24060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Founding of the Future Farmers of Virginia (here, next to this marker); Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (a few steps from this marker); Cemetery Landscape (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preston Cemetery (about 500 feet away); William Ballard Preston (approx. 0.3 miles away); Smithfield Blacksmith Shop (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site Of The Law Offices Of Wm. Ballard Preston (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1820 Slave Cabin (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blacksburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2009, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,031 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on July 26, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 18, 2009, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. 4. submitted on March 15, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.