Stuart Home Tour
On Sunday, December 13, 2015, the Tazewell County Historical Society toured the Stuart home in Rosedale, VA. The home, referred to as Rosedale historically, was completed in 1913 and is known as one of the mansions of Elk Garden. It features a Federal style body and a Greek Revival portico. The home sits amid the property of the Stuart Land and Cattle Company, which is one of the oldest family ran businesses in the United States, having began in 1884. The farmlands date back to 1774, when Henry Smith II was deeded the land by Patrick Henry. After various owners and marriages, which found the land owned by the Stuarts, the land increased by 80,000 acres. The home is now owned by Lynda Stuart, wife of Alexander “Zan” Stuart who passed away at age 85 in 2008 (Zan was an eighth-generation Stuart family member). Lynda manages the beef cattle farm operation and proudly stewards the land.
Thanks to Lynda for opening her beautiful home to us and sharing a wonderful afternoon!
Also, thanks to Stephanie Musick for coordinating this tour and to Delores Blankenship for presenting Mrs. Stuart with a signed copy of Louise Leslie’s Tazewell County for us!