Johnston Reynolds House
This three-story brick structure is reported to have been built by John Dunn for Johnston Reynolds. The house may have served as a school for females. A brick slave quarters and kitchen was moved to the grounds of New River Community and Technical College Library. This former house now serves as offices of the Greenbrier County Board of Education and has seen many alterations and additions.
Backstory and Context
Later occupants of the house were John A. and Sallie Lewis Price Preston. John Preston (1847-1917) served as a private in the 14th Virginia Calvary of the Confederate Army. He attended Washington College (now Washington & Lee University) and became a law partner of Lt. Governor Samuel Price. He served as Greenbrier County prosecuting attorney several times and served in the West Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate. He became a trustee of Washington & Lee and was a ruling elder in the Old Stone Presbyterian Church. He was the prosecutor in the "Greenbrier Ghost" murder trail.
Following the death of Sallie Preston, John married Lillie Davis whose brother, John W. Davis, was the Democratic candidate for President in 1924.
He died in 1917 on the L&R Electric Railway as it passed by Tuscawilla, the old Preston homestead where he was born.
Rice, Otis K. A History of Greenbrier County. Lewisburg, WV: Greenbrier Historical Society, 1986.
Bunn Donnally, Morgan. The People of the Old Stone Cemetery: The Obituaries 1853-1979. Self-published, 2017.