A Guide to the William Preston Land Grant, 1773 Preston, William Land Grant Ms1994-027

William Preston Land Grant, 1773

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1994-027


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1994-027
Title
William Preston Land Grant, 1773
Physical Characteristics
1.0 cu. ft. 1 oversize
Language
English

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Scope and Content

Surveyor and militiaman. Born in Ireland, came to the American colonies in 1738. Settled in area of Virginia that is now Montgomery County. Established the plantation Smithfield in 1773, which is now near the Virginia Tech campus and run by the Montgomery County branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Land grant is for 2175 acres in Botetourt County, Virginia (now the land that is Smithfield), purchased by Preston, signed by British King George III and Virginia colonial Governor John Murray Dunmore.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • Preston, William, 1729-1783
  • Smithfield Plantation House (Blacksburg, Va.)