Near Lynchburg in Bedford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
What happened to Poplar Forest after Jefferson's death?
Ongoing archaeological and historical research has identified sites of barns and slave quarters, necessary for a working farm. One such archaeological feature in this area is the sunken greenhouse, or "pit for flowers" as Edward Hutter called it. It was built adjacent to a kitchen garden in 1848 and was used as a nursery to start seedlings in the spring. Abandoned and filled with trash in the early 20th century, this site is one example of changes made at Poplar Forest after 1826.
Death of Jefferson
Francis Eppes sells Poplar Forest to William Cobbs
Emma Cobbs marries Edward S. Hutter
Edward S. Hutter records: "Dwelling house destroyed by fire..."
Renovated in 1846
Hutter's Farm Journal entry: "built pit for flowers"
William Cobbs dies, leaves plantation to Emma Cobbs Hutter
Civil War ends
Emma Cobbs Flutter dies
Edward S. Hutter dies
Marian Cobbs dies
Christian S. Hutter acquires Poplar Forest, begins to run the farm and uses it as his summer home
Pit for Flowers filled in
Christian S. Hutter sells Poplar Forest to James Watts
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Horticulture & Forestry • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1826.
Location. 37° 20.844′ N, 79° 15.89′ W. Marker is near Lynchburg, Virginia, in Bedford County. Marker can be reached from Bateman Bridge Road. Located on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Forest VA 24551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow Why is the lawn sunken? (within shouting distance of this marker); Why build the mounds? (within shouting distance of this marker); Poplar Forest Planting Memorandum 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Commemorating Lewis and Clark (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Plantation Worker Housing (about 400 feet away); How was the landscape partitioned? (about 400 feet away); St. Stephen's Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Samuel Miller (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.