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By Barbara J. Heath, Jack Gary

ISBN-10: 0813039886

ISBN-13: 9780813039886

One hundred years within the lifetime of a founding father’s 5,000 acre “retreat”


“Poplar wooded area embodies the end result of Jefferson’s imaginative and prescient of the yankee agricultural excellent. This hugely readable quantity introduces us to the folks, items, and landscapes of Poplar wooded area within the tumultuous interval among the Revolution and the Civil conflict. Jefferson’s Poplar Forest offers a remarkably multidimensional portrait of the property as a private retreat, a designed panorama, a plantation, and a house and office for enslaved African American families.”—Lu Ann De Cunzo, collage of Delaware


“With their effective commitments to long term and interdisciplinary examine, the participants draw upon the conventional issues of slavery and plantation landscapes yet imbue people with new power via incorporating the problems of ecology, id, employer, and consumerism.”­—Douglas Sanford, college of Mary Washington


Thomas Jefferson as soon as referred to as his plantation Poplar woodland, “the most beneficial of my possessions.” For Jefferson, Poplar woodland was once a personal retreat for him to flee the hoards of tourists and daily pressures of his iconic property, Monticello.

            Jefferson’s Poplar Forest makes use of the data received from long term and interdisciplinary study to discover the studies of a variety of those who lived and labored there among the yankee Revolution and the Civil warfare. a number of archaeological digs show information about the lives of Jefferson, next vendors and their households, and the slaves (and descendants) who worked and toiled on the web site. From the plantation condominium to the weeds within the backyard, Barbara Heath, Jack Gary, and various individuals research the landscapes of the valuables, investigating the relationships among the folks, gadgets, and areas of Poplar Forest.

As the 1st book-length research of the archaeology of a president’s property, Jefferson’s Poplar Forest deals a compelling and uniquely particular look at the lives of these who known as Poplar wooded area home.


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William Kelso documented a series of early to mid-eighteenth-century gardens at Kingsmill; a mid-eighteenth-century garden at Carter’s Grove; the early nineteenth-century kitchen garden, the orchards, the ha ha, and other aspects of the ornamental grounds at Monticello; and portions of Jefferson’s designed landscape at Poplar Forest in Bedford County (Kelso 1982, 1984a, 1984b, 1990; Kelso, Patten, and Strutt 1991). At Mount Vernon, Dennis Pogue and Esther White unearthed Washington’s vineyard enclosure and explored the south grove, an area between the mansion and plantation kitchen that contained a significant historic midden (Breen 2004; Pogue 1992; White 2006).

Harrington to direct the Jamestown project. Initially, however, the two organizations took a similar approach that had been pioneered at Williamsburg. 2 A Brief History of Plantation Archaeology in Virginia The project team followed a similar course in the early years at Jamestown. Harrington noted that before he arrived, as a result of disagreements between staff members, “the architects were assigned sole responsibility for the excavation of structural remains and the archaeologists for everything else, up to an arbitrary three-foot line from any foundation” (Harrington 1994, 4).

Finally, historical archaeologists became increasingly aligned with anthropology and the new social history during this period. Anthropology departments began training a new generation of scholars interested in studying the recent past. At the same time, the approach to the past advocated by the Annales School of French historians, who sought to investigate the “total history” of societies, including groups of people previously deemed historically unimportant, had a strong influence on anthropologically trained archaeologists and 29 30 Barbara J.

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