Solitude - Blacksburg, Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
N 37° 13.583 W 080° 25.635
17S E 550809 N 4120139
Quick Description: Solitude was built in 1801 and is the oldest building on the Virginia Tech Campus.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 6/12/2007 5:51:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM1P0M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member deano1943
Views: 26

Long Description:
Solitude was built in 1801 for James Preston who was one of the early settlers of the area. Solitude was later the home of two Virginia Governors, John Floyd and John Buchanan Floyd. In 1859 James Preston’s son Robert and his wife Mary enlarged the house to its current Greek Revival appearance.

Virginia Tech aquired the property in 1872 and is the oldest building on campus. Since being aquired by the university, Solitude has been used as faculty housing, a clubhouse for returning veteran who attended school, and as an academic building. Solitude has been unused for a number of years but today it is being restored to look as it did in the mid-1800’s and will be used to establish the multi-use Appalachian Center.
Street address:
Greenhouse Road
Blacksburg, Va. United States

County / Borough / Parish: Montgomery County

Year listed: 1989

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture, Engineering

Periods of significance: 1800 - 1874

Historic function: Domestic Dwelling

Current function: Restoration work in progress

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Privately owned?: Not Listed

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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