Ground broken for Laurel Hill pavilion

Staff Report

August 22, 2014

ARARAT, Va. — Laurel Hill, the birthplace of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, is getting a new feature, an activity pavilion that will host lectures, receptions and other special events.

The J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust Inc. held a groundbreaking for the facility this week at the site, located in Ararat just across the state line from N.C. 104.

In 1992, the trust group bought the Laurel Hill property to preserve and interpret the birthplace of the Confederate cavalry general. Over the years, its development has included the placement of interpretive signs illustrating locations of interest from the Stuart family’s years at Laurel Hill as well as Gen. Stuart’s wartime exploits.

A Civil War re-enactment also is held there each year during the first full weekend in October.

The addition of the pavilion has been made possible through donations from trust organization members and supporters. The cost is $12,000 to $13,000, according to Tom Bishop, a member of the birthplace’s board of directors.

It will be a 36-by-24-foot structure with a hip roof and open ceiling. A hip roof is a simple, self-bracing roof that slopes downward at all points and has a uniform angle of pitch.

The contractor for the project is Doe Run Builders, with grading work assigned to Leroy Pack Grading. Both companies are Ararat-based.