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Smithfield Plantation (William Preston)

AE Curator Jul 16
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Smithfield Plantation (ca. 1774) was the home of Irish immigrant Col. William Preston. The tidewater-styled home was grander than others along the western frontier and was a beacon for newcomers. A surveyor, Preston was instrumental in attracting settlers west of the Appalachian Mountains. He served in the Virginia House of Burgesses and was a colonel during the Revolutionary War. His descendants include governors of Virginia and other states, as well as U.S. senators and congressmen. The site is a testament to the western settlers who expanded the borders of Virginia and the nation.

Location: Blacksburg
Image: Preservation Virginia

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