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#7 Solitude

Faculty Row extended to Solitude. The Preston family built the original log cabin in 1801; it was expanded in 1851. The house was acquired as part of the institute when Virginia Tech was established in 1872. The Preston family was quite famous and included four governors and many other well-connected and known people. Today, Solitude is one of Virginia Tech’s most beautiful sights. Located near the Ice Pond (then partly a pond used to harvest ice—it sits near today’s Duck Pond, which was created in the 1930s), it was the last home in a line that made up Faculty Row. Professor William Saunders lived in the home during much of his career, which spanned a period from 1890 to 1945.


Solitide Solitude, home of the Preston family and a faculty home into the 1940s

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