Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Abingdon Plantation Restoration
• careful excavation and cataloguing of all archaeological features below ground
• repairs to the original brick foundations, retaining as much of the original building material as possible
• restoring unstable portions of the original foundations using new building materials
• providing new above-ground reconstructions of previously buried ruin features
The remaining text from the marker is included in picture captions below
Location. 38° 51.077′ N, 77° 2.677′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Click for map. Marker is located between the parking garages at Ronald Reagan National Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abingdon (here, next to this marker); The Industrial Age (here, next to this marker); The Hunter Family (a few steps from this marker); Abingdon Plantation (a few steps from this marker); The Custis Family (a few steps from this marker); The Alexander Family (a few steps from this marker); The Ages of Abingdon (within shouting distance of this marker); Ronald Reagan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington.
1. "Abingdon House Ruins" photograph
The title and the caption beneath the photograph entitled "Abingdon House Ruins" are misleading. The caption contains a quotation from an inscription on the left side of the marker that describes a foundation. However, the photograph does not show any "ruins" or any actual foundation.
The structure in the foreground of the photo is actually an above-ground reconstruction of portions of an original structure that were previously buried. After excavation, cataloguing and repair, the original structure was reburied. I personally observed parts of this process.
For further information about the reconstruction, read the text of the primary inscription on the marker. The last line of the text states that the restoration process involved "providing new above-ground reconstructions of previously buried ruin features". The photograph shows one of these reconstructions.
I therefore suggest the following title for the photograph: "Reconstructed Abingdon House Foundation".
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Credits. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,003 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on June 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 18, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 8, 9, 10. submitted on December 17, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.