Governor Samuel Price House

National Historic Landmark — Lewisburg, West VirginiaGreenbrier County

In 1938 attorney Samuel Price and his new bride were the first to occupy this large Federal-style brick home. The residence boasts 12 rooms, each with a fireplace, and two octagonal outbuildings — a smokehouse and a bath house. Though never was elected “Governor,” Price was dedicated to public service and served in the Virginia General Assembly representing Fayette County, Nicholas County, and Greenbrier County and was a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850. Although personally in favor of the Union and voting that way, Price respected the vote for secession and remained loyal to the Confederacy, even becoming Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 1863. After the war he was elected Delegate to the West Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1872 and became President of that group. In 1876 he was appointed as U.S. Senator to complete the term of his deceased friend, Allen T. Caperton, of Union, West Virginia. The Lewisburg propety is sometimes called “The Preston House” in reference to Price’s great-grandson Silas Preston, who made it his home in the early 1970s.

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