New PDF release: Jefferson's Poplar Forest: Unearthing a Virginia Plantation

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 woodland embodies the fruits of Jefferson’s imaginative and prescient of the yankee agricultural excellent. This hugely readable quantity introduces us to the folks, gadgets, and landscapes of Poplar woodland within the tumultuous interval among the Revolution and the Civil struggle. Jefferson’s Poplar Forest provides 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, college of Delaware


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


Thomas Jefferson as soon as referred to as his plantation Poplar woodland, “the most dear of my possessions.” For Jefferson, Poplar woodland used to be 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 won from long term and interdisciplinary examine to discover the studies of quite a lot of those who lived and labored there among the yank Revolution and the Civil battle. a number of archaeological digs exhibit information about the lives of Jefferson, next vendors and their households, and the slaves (and descendants) who worked and toiled on the website. From the plantation condominium to the weeds within the backyard, Barbara Heath, Jack Gary, and various participants research the landscapes of the valuables, investigating the relationships among the folks, items, and areas of Poplar Forest.

As the 1st book-length research of the archaeology of a president’s property, Jefferson’s Poplar Forest bargains a compelling and uniquely particular look at the lives of these who referred to as Poplar woodland home.


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Previously, Noël Hume had interpreted such features at Tutter’s Neck as refuse pits and Kelso had interpreted them as tanning pits at Carter’s Grove. These features, now commonly called subfloor pits (Neiman 1997), appeared in large numbers on late seventeenth- through mid-eighteenth-century quartering sites in the vicinity of Williamsburg and in lesser numbers at eighteenth- to mid-nineteenth-century quarters elsewhere in the tidewater, in northern Virginia, and in the Virginia piedmont. The function 35 36 Barbara J.

Evolutionary archaeology, drawing on principles of Darwinian evolution to explain cultural phenomena (Galle 2010; Graham et al. 2007; Neiman 2008), and cultural ecological approaches that explore the intersection of culture and the environ- 37 38 Barbara J. Heath ment (Bowen 1996, 1999, 2010; Carson et al. 2008; Mrozowski, Franklin, and Hunt 2008; Proebsting this volume) are also applied today.

At Monticello, I investigated a house occupied by William Stewart, a smith, and Elisha Watkins, a carpenter, who worked for Jefferson in the A Brief History of Plantation Archaeology in Virginia early nineteenth century. Both men supervised construction projects on the plantation and taught enslaved laborers their specialized crafts. Their household belongings contained a mix of domestic and industrial artifacts (tools and blacksmithing waste material), demonstrating that the line between domestic and work life was faintly drawn.

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