Originally constructed as a log cabin in 1801 by James Patton Preston, who would become Governor. Solitude was the home of two other Virginia governors, John Floyd and John Buchanan Floyd before it was remodeled into its more formal appearance by Robert Taylor Preston in 1859. Robert Taylor Preston became a capable officer for the Confederacy and served as a Colonel, while John Buchanan Floyd served as a General. Following the war, Preston, sold Solitude and the surrounding property to what would become Virginia Tech. Solitude was added as a Virginia Landmark in 1988 and on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1989. The house is not currently open for tours, however, outside viewing from the Virginia Tech duckpond is very enjoyable.