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Prestwould Day Trip
October 9, 2015
Situated in Southside, Virginia, is the family estate of Sir Peyton Skipwith (1740-1805). Built around 1794 in the Georgian style, Prestwould Plantation grew to become one of the wealthiest properties in the United States and remains among the most intact properties of that period including a rare surviving slave house, landscape and gardens.
The tour will be led by Dr. Julian Hudson, the Executive Director of Prestwould and staff members. Advisors for Prestwould have worked closely with period scholars to restore rooms as they would have looked variously between 1795 and 1840. The interior design and material culture of Prestwould is complementary to Blandwood’s timeline of 1846-1866, and those familiar with historic homes will enjoy its architecture, furnishings, social heritage, and botany.
Prestwould Plantation is noteable for a remarkable range of decorative history. The legacy includes wallpaper selections, the 1831 French papers, and furniture styles including Windsor, Gothic, Hepplewhite, and Chippendale); casegoods; beds; and an Empire sideboard featuring crystal handles.
Lady Jean Skipwith is known for her late eighteenth and early nineteenth century gardens. The detailed records were utilized for an interpretive restoration in 1980. Prestwould was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2003.
This excursion includes comfortable coach transportation to and from Clarkesville VA, a lunch at the Lamplighter Restaurant, and admission with a detailed tour of Prestwould. The bus will depart at 9am, and is scheduled to return to Greensboro by 5pm.