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Prestwould

Clarksville, Virginia
County of Mecklenburg.
US 15 near junction with VA 49
National Register Number: 03001033
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling.
Certified Local Government: NO
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: House Museum; Tour information: 804-374-8672.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 31, 2003):
Prestwould is the most intact and best documented plantation surviving in Southside Virginia. Four generations of the family that built it in 1788 lived in the house until 1914. The number and variety of outbuildings, including an office, a loom house, two meat houses, a store and what may be the oldest surviving frame slave dwelling in the American South, are unparalled as a group for the amount of original material that is available for study. Along with its rich legacy of surviving plantation manuscripts, Prestwould has remarkable potential for the understanding of the relationships of race, gender, architectural design, household furnishings and household function in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.


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