Although the property was located at the edge of the rugged Appalachian Mountain frontier in southwest Virginia, the L-shaped house reflects the refined architecture and genteel ambiance of the Tidewater homes in eastern Virginia.
|Smithfield's plantation house|
Throughout the Revolutionary War period (1775-1783), Colonel Preston took an active part in military affairs in Virginia. His family, as well as others who lived on the Virginia frontier, were threatened by Shawnee and Cherokee Indians who sided with the British. However, the Preston family remained on their plantation, setting an example of courage for other settlers in the area.
Late in 1780, Colonel Preston helped plan the military campaign that led to the defeat of the Tories at the Battle of King's Mountain in rural South Carolina. He was unable to participate in the battle due to illness in his family.
Smithfield Plantation was carefully restored in the 1960s. The one-and-a-half-story white house is noted for its spacious rooms and high ceilings, and contains many original Preston family furnishings.
|Smithfield's Formal Drawing Room|
Its lovely garden is filled with a variety of 18th century plants that the Prestons mentioned in written documents. An heirloom orchard is being developed.
|Rear view of the house showing the "L-shape" and the house garden|
Several outbuildings, called “dependencies,” have been rebuilt. These include a cider house, a weaver/cook house, and a miller’s cabin. Other dependencies are to be rebuilt in the future. The Preston family cemetery is located on Virginia Tech’s campus, near the plantation.
|Smithfield Plantation's weaver's cabin - also known as the cook house|
Smithfield Plantation is adjacent to the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. For more information: Smithfield Plantation