Gospel, Old Time, and Soul Food: African American Experiences at Solitude

Friday, June 15, 2018



705 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Learning Opportunity
Participatory Event


10:00 AM -- 5:00 PM

Celebrate African American contributions to New River Valley history and cultural life at historic Solitude on the Virginia Tech campus! Experience music, dance, storytelling, tours, living history demonstrations, and foodways that foreground the lives of local African Americans in the New River Valley region from the antebellum period through the Jim Crow era. Among the living history demonstrations will be blacksmithing, weaving, quilting, and herbal healing of the period that will contribute to other activities to illuminate the complex and deeply intertwined coexistence of the entitled and prestigious plantation owners of the area with the enslaved African Americans who made their lives and their social positions possible. The celebration at this early 19th century plantation home will coordinate with the other Preston home, Smithfield, for shared experiences. Visitors will be encouraged to travel between the two Preston homes and enjoy learning the shared history along with partaking in the entertaining and educational experiences at each site. The Solitude events are sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Appalachian Studies Program. All are free.