1700’s Southwest Virginia home undergoing major renovations

1700's Southwest Virginia home undergoing major renovations (Image 1)

Several organizations in the Bristol, Virginia are coming together to save a piece of Southwest Virginia history.

The Robert Preston House in Washington County, Virginia is possibly the oldest home in the county.

Recently The Bristol Virginia Historical Society was awarded a $10,000 grant to help renovate the home.

Historians speculate that the home was built by the Preston family in the late 1700’s.

“He was given by Thomas Jefferson surveyors rights for 1779 Washington County,” said Bristol Virginia Historical Society Co-Chair Jan Rainero.

For four years the historical society has worked towards fully renovating the house.

The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded the historical society the grant to renovate the interior.

“To preserve this home is so important because there aren’t very many left and this one almost didn’t make it,” said Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Susan Tanner.

In its more than 200 year history the Robert Preston House hosted several famous visitors, including Lewis and Clark.

“Their group which was a large group stopped and visited with Preston’s…Their is a lore, a family lore says that Robert E. Lee danced in the parlor…now I don’t know if that’s true or not but that is another famous person,” said Rainero.

The historical society hopes to complete the next phase of renovations on the house within the next year. For more information on The Robert Preston House click here.

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