Robert Preston Home
The Robert Preston House at Walnut Grove, located on Lee Highway near Exit 7 has great importance to Washington County. This home and its log dependency were constructed around 1780 by Robert Preston, a member of the leading political family in southwest Virginia during the era of the American Revolution. Robert Preston was given his commission as surveyor of Washington County in 1779 by Thomas Jefferson who was the governor of Virginia at that time.
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CONTRIBUTIONS MAY BE SENT TO:
BRISTOL HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
P O 204
BRISTOL, TN 37621
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
write to firstname.lastname@example.org or
you may call
Jan Rainero 276-669-2249 or
Amy Hopper 423-968-7224
Special thank you to JAStreet and Asso.(JASA) for their contribution to the Preston House Fund
1135 Volunteer Parkway
Are you a Preston descendent or do you have an item or items
that came from the Preston House?:
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The house has "retained remarkable architectural integrity from the period of its original construction," says John Kern, director of the Roanoke Regional Preservation Office of the Department of Historic Resources. Robert was one of the founding fathers of Washington County, and his home is comparable to Smithfield Plantation at Virginia Tech. On July18, 2002, this Walnut Grove home was found eligible for listing in the Virginia Landmarks Register of Historic Places. This listing will be important to receive grants and funds for rehabilitation. The property can become a major tourist destination for our area.
It is absolutely essential to preserve Walnut Grove as a property that can provide wonderful opportunities for interpretation of history of pioneer settlement in southwest Virginia. The house has been given to the Bristol Historical Association by developer Mack Trammell but the land was not included. In December, 2011, the Bristol Historical Association purchased this land, a one acre portion of the Walnut Grove Plantation
The initial work to insure the moving and preservation of this important landmark has been done by the Bristol Historical Association.
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