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Near Ararat in Patrick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Stuart Kitchen

 
 
The Stuart Kitchen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
1. The Stuart Kitchen Marker
Inscription. On this site, stood the outbuilding that served as the kitchen for the Stuart family. As was the custom in those days kitchens were housed in buildings separate from the main dwelling for protection against a fire that might erupt as a result of cooking. Ironically, the fire that destroyed the Stuart home at Laurel Hill was not the result of a kitchen fire. After the fire that destroyed the Laurel Hill home in the winter of 1847-48, members of the Stuart household were forced to seek accommodations elsewhere. In a letter dated March 25, 1848 from Wytheville, Virginia, J. E. B. Stuart writes to his cousin Alexander Stuart Brown that "I went to Patrick County and stayed there until that sad disaster of having our house burnt (which I expect you have heard of) happened." In that same letter he writes that his mother and his youngest sister, Victoria, have gone to Floyd County to spend the summer, and another sister, Columbia, has gone to Pittsylvania County. Further, he writes "John Stuart (his older brother) stayed with Dr. Headen studying medicine until our house was burnt and then came home and he and Pa are now keeping house in the kitchen." It is unclear how long John Dabney Stuart and his father Archibald used this kitchen as their domicile, however the Stuarts remained at Laurel Hill until 1859.

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Typical Detached Kitchen image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
2. Typical Detached Kitchen
sign is a gift of
Nicholas K. & Janice Epperson of Ararat, VA
In Memory of Nathaniel Davis Hill C.S.A &
Nicholas D. Epperson, June 29, 1862, C.S.A.

 
Erected 1999 by J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust, Inc.
 
Location. 36° 33.83′ N, 80° 33.2′ W. Marker is near Ararat, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker can be reached from Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773). Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Jeb Stuart Birthplace (Laurel Hill). Marker is at or near this postal address: 1091 Ararat Hwy, Ararat VA 24053, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. House Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stuart Graveyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Americans At Laurel Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The "Lee" Tree (about 500 feet away); "Stuart the Raider" (about 500 feet away); "Stuart the Scout" (about 500 feet away); "Stuart the Commander" (about 500 feet away); "Stuart the Leader" (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ararat.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
The Stuart Kitchen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
3. The Stuart Kitchen Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 21, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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