Solitude - Blacksburg, Virginia
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
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.
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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