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Prestwould, June 2009
Prestwould is located in Virginia
Prestwould is located in the US
Location N of Clarksville, Virginia
Coordinates 36°39′19″N 78°34′14″W / 36.65528°N 78.57056°W / 36.65528; -78.57056Coordinates: 36°39′19″N 78°34′14″W / 36.65528°N 78.57056°W / 36.65528; -78.57056
Area 46 acres (19 ha)[1]
Built 1795
NRHP Reference # 69000260
VLR # 058-0045
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 1, 1969[3]
Designated NHL July 31, 2003[4]
Designated VLR November 5, 1968[2]

Prestwould is a historic house near Clarksville, Virginia. It is the most intact and best documented plantation surviving in Southside Virginia. The house was built by Sir Peyton Skipwith, Baronet, who moved his family from his Elm Hill Plantation to Prestwould in 1797. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2003.[1][4][5] It is located on the north side of the Roanoke River, 1-mile (1.6 km) inland, approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) southwest of the intersection of Route 15 and Route 701, and approximately one mile north of Clarksville's city limits.[5] Now a museum property, it is open for tours from April to October, or by appointment.

Description and history[edit]

Prestwould, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1935. Built in 1797 for Sir Peyton Skipwith

Prestwould Plantation today consists of almost 46 acres (19 ha) on the north side of the Roanoke River, its main house set on a hill overlooking the upper reaches of John H. Kerr Reservoir, a result of damming the river in the 1960s. The plantation complex includes eight buildings, all built before 1830 and most dating to the 1780s. The house is a handsome brick building with a hip roof and a pair of interior chimneys. The main facade is symmetrical, with seven bays. The center three bays of the first floor are sheltered by a gabled porch, supported by Doric columns. Similar porches are found on two other sides of the building. The secondary buildings of the complex are all wood frame structures, and include an office, plantation store, slave quarters, and a pair of smokehouses.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hudgins, Carter L., Edward Chappell, and John H. Sprinkle, Jr. (September 1, 2001). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Prestwould" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 17 photos, exterior and interior, from 2001 and 2002 (32 KB)
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ a b "Prestwould". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  5. ^ a b Staff, Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, James W. Moody, Jr., Director (April 28, 1969). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Prestwould" (pdf). National Park Service. 

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