US 15, near the jct. of VA 49, Clarksville, Virginia



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. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 31, 2003

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 31, 2003
Reference number
Architectural style
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Landscape Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Multiple dwelling; Secondary structure; Processing; Cemetery; Garden
Current function
Periods of significance
1750-1799; 1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874
Significant years
1795; 1801; 1831
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 8
Contributing sites: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 1