Montgomery County was named for Brig. Gen. Richard Montgomery, who was killed in the American assault on Quebec on 31 Dec. 1775. The county was formed from Fincastle County in 1776, and parts of Botetourt and Pulaski Counties were added later. The county seat is Christiansburg. William Preston, a Revolutionary officer, Indian fighter, and member of the House of Burgesses completed Smithfield, one of the county's outstanding historic houses, in 1774. His son James Patton Preston and a grandson John Buchanan Floyd, born at Smithfield, both served as governors of Virginia.
Geographic Location: Floyd County
Physical Description of Location: D-01, VA 24149. Located on Riner Road (Rt. 8), 0.6 miles south of the junction of Riner Road (Rt. 8) and State Route 602. Marker is on the right when traveling south on Riner Road (Rt. 8).
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