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“William Preston and the Making of America”

April 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Bristol, Virginia – Dr. Jim Glanville of Blacksburg, Virginia will speak before the Bristol Historical Association and guests on Monday, April 10 on the program entitled “William Preston and the Making of America”. The meeting will be held at 6:30pm in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room of the Bristol Public Library and is free and open to the public.
Dr. Jim Glanville speaks often on a range of topics related to the early history of Southwest Virginia, especially on Holstonia, as he coined it.  Holstonia, primarily covers the counties of Washington, Smyth in Virginia, and Sullivan, Hawkins counties in Tennessee.
Glanville’s upcoming program describes the way in which the Virginia system of county government led eventually to the development of America.  It is exemplified by the life of William Preston who was the surveyor of Botetourt, Fincastle, and Montgomery Counties.  At one time these counties encompassed Southwest Virginia and earlier reached to the Mississippi River. At the time of Preston’s death in 1783 Glanville estimates that his land-speculating ventures had earned him $70 million in equivalent modern money.
Extended members of the William Preston family lived in Bristol and Washington County, Virginia.  Robert Preston was also a surveyor and educated in the craft at Smithfield, Virginia and built a homestead located now at Exit 7, I-81. His Walnut Grove home, currently being restored by the BHA, has many similarities to the historic Smithfield home.  There are few stories that would better parallel the history of our own region.
Jim Glanville, a native of London England, is a retired chemistry professor living in Blacksburg, Virginia. His professional career included jobs in the chemical industry and academia, his last twenty years at Virginia Tech. Since his retirement in 2004 he has made an encore career speaking, writing, and publishing extensively on “Holstonia” and identified significant discoveries on the pre-1800 history of Southwest Virginia.
The April 10th meeting is in partnership with the Bristol Public Library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community”. The program is open to the general public to attend. Contact Tim Buchanan, President, for details of this or other upcoming programs, by e-mail; buchanan03@bvu.net.  Visit our Facebook page for details, BRISTOL HISTORY or our website, www.bristolhistoricalassociation.com.


April 10, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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