Half a mile west stood Greenfield, the home of Col. William Preston. According to local tradition, Stephen Rentfroe constructed a fort there in the 1740s. In 1759, Preston bought the property from Rentfroe and soon built a house that evolved into a large log-and-frame, L-shaped dwelling; a portico supported by two-story columns sheltered the front. Preston became a prominent frontier military leader during the French and Indian War (1754-1763) and the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). He also served in the Virginia House of Burgesses (1765-1771). Greenfield, later the home of Gov. James P. Preston, burned in 1959.
Geographic Location: Botetourt County
Physical Description of Location: Daleville, VA 24083. Located on Roanoke Road (Hwy 220), 0.75 miles north of the intersection of Roanoke Road (Hwy 220) and Greenfield Street. Marker is on the left when traveling north on Roanoke Road (Hwy 220).
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