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

House Site

 
 
House Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
1. House Site Marker
Inscription. The home of Archibald and Elizabeth Pannill Stuart was constructed on this site c. 1830. It was in this house that their most famous son. James Ewell Brown was born on February 6, 1833. Six other Stuart children would also be born in this house. Of the eleven Stuart children born to Archibald and Elizabeth, seven were born here at Laurel Hill.

There are no extant contemporary descriptions of the house. The house stood for only seventeen years (c.1830-c.1847), being destroyed by a disastrous fire in the winter of 1847-48. The house had passed into memory by the time its most famous occupant became a military hero. Given the size of the Stuart household, including numerous slaves, the house may well have been built more toward comfort than grandeur. In his 1885 biography of J.E.B. Stuart, H.B. McClellan characterized the house at Laurel Hill as "large and comfortable." Burke Davis' biography "The Last Cavalier," described the house at Laurel Hill as a "big rambling house in an oak grove with a view of the Blue Ridge."

While we have no definite description of the house, local artist Mrs. Pat Gwyn Woltz spent endless hours researching and sketching homes in the area dating from the Stuart era, and whose owners were part of the same socio-economic strata to which the Stuart's belonged. The picture at the left was taken
J.E.B. Stuart at Age 21 image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
2. J.E.B. Stuart at Age 21
in 1854 sometime during his final year at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

This sign is a gift of
Mr. & Mrs. William B. Clark, Jr.
In Memory of Elizabeth Pannill Stuart
Mother of James Ewell Brown Stuart

 
Erected 1999 by J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust, Inc.
 
Location. 36° 33.82′ N, 80° 33.17′ 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. The Stuart Kitchen (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stuart Graveyard (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Lee" Tree (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Stuart the Scout" (about 300 feet away); "Stuart the Raider" (about 300 feet away); "Stuart the Commander" (about 300 feet away); "Stuart the Leader" (about 300 feet away); "Flora and Jeb" (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ararat.
 
Also see . . .  Jeb Stuart website
J.E.B. Stuart as C.S. Major General image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
3. J.E.B. Stuart as C.S. Major General
. (Submitted on November 21, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
 
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House Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
4. House Site Marker
House Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
5. House Site 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 211 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 21, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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