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Kentland Farm and Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is owned and operated by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech. The 350-acre district includes the antebellum manor house, hexagonal brick smoke house, overseer's house, 19th century grist mill, the Kent-Cowan cemetery and the recently dedicated slave cemetery. It has also been determined through archaeological surveys to be the site of a late Woodland Indian village.

The Kentland Historic Revitalization Project commenced in June of 2003. The project is concerned with preserving and developing the Kentland historic district as a community-based, multicultural museum/living history site. The principle intention is preservation of the buildings in order to provide an opportunity to integrate the history of the American Indian, Scotch-Irish, African-American, German and other ethnic and national groups in Southwest Virginia. The project also seeks to document through oral histories, primary source materials, photographs, and archaeological investigations the relationship between Kentland and the people from the neighboring communities of Wake Forest, Long Shop, and McCoy, past and present.

Kentland affords Virginia Tech faculty and students the option for research in a variety of disciplines including but not limited to agriculture, architecture, horticulture, animal science, Appalachian and American Indian studies. Primary source materials and other research materials relating to Kentland and the environs are available through the Special Collections of the University Libraries. An eventual Kentland museum would provide living history exhibits along with archives and artifacts related to Montgomery County, southwest Virginia and Virginia Tech. Area and regional primary and secondary students have already participated in tours of the facilities and Kentland would continue to provide a hands-on means of education. Goals also include an association with other Montgomery County museums.



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