Monday, May 18, 2009


Prestwould: Gracious Living on the American Frontier, 1790-1830
Thursday, October 9, 2009 (noon)
By Julian Hudson Banner Lecture Series
Virginia Historical Society

Prestwould Plantation, built at the end of the eighteenth century in a post-revolutionary Georgian style, is located on the bluffs above the Roanoke River near Clarksville, Virginia. Dr. Julian Hudson, the executive director of the Prestwould Foundation, has overseen the restoration of this historic property by leading preservation specialists. His lecture will illustrate the material culture represented by Prestwould, beginning with Sir Peyton and Lady Jean Skipwith and extending down four subsequent generations.
Located at Prestwood Dr, Hwy 15th North Clarksville, Virginia, 23927 (434)-374-8672 Open April 15 through October 31, seven days from 12:30 to 3:30 PM or by appointment, 434-374-8672. Cost: Adult $8, Senior over 65 $6, Child 6-12 $3
Constructed in 1700s, this massive combination Georgian-Federal style house amazingly stayed in the family of Sir Peyton Skipwith and Lady Jean (a cousin of Thomas Jefferson) until 1914 after being inherited by their second son. The interior of the home is best known for its original 18th and 19th century wallpapers, which have been copied in a special collection offered by Scalamandre. Tradition has it that the property, once home to Blue Stone Castle, was won by Sir Skipwith in a three day card game with William Byrd,II, of Westover on the James River.
A substantial African American interpretation exists on the property as well. An intact rare original slave quarters.

Given the strong period relationship with the early artisans and merchants of Petersburg had with supporting this plantation with goods this is an important site to visit. They maintain the largest collection of early period Petersburg crafted furniture. Skipworth sold his crops through Petersburg to England. Lady Jean purchase many of her books and household needs in Petersburg.

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