Written by Shirley Keene and Thomas Bishop
(with excerpts from our web site, wwwjebstuart.org. Shirley Keene is President of the
JEB Stuart Preservation and Bishop is the Media Representative).
James Ewell Brown (JEB) Stuart was born at Laurel Hill in western Patrick County,
Virginia to Archibald and Elizabeth Stuart on February 6, 1833.
Laurel Hill, is the birthplace of Maj. General JEB Stuart, the famous Cavalry leader of
The Army of Northern Virginia, in the American Civil War, working under the
leadership of General Robert E. Lee. Today, Laurel Hill is a highly visited tourism site in
the community of Ararat, Virginia with 1000’s of visitors each year. Laurel Hill was
placed on both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic
Places in 1998.
(See the Entrance Sign at Laurel Hill)