Near Lynchburg in Bedford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Why is the lawn sunken?
Archaeologists located these plantings (blue markers) during excavations of the sunken lawn. The plantings were recognizable as dark organic stains in the soil. Pollen grains recovered from these stains could be linked to two of the five shrub species specified by Jefferson. Phytoliths (microscopic plant silicas recovered during excavation) suggest the lawn itself was planted in turf, while native grasses and weeds also grew on the banks with the shrubs.
In addition, archaeologists located an accompanying drainage system. The relationship of the drain to the planting holes and lawn surface indicates that Jefferson redesigned the lawn sometime after 1814 (white markers).
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Horticulture & Forestry • Patriots & Patriotism. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1805.
Location. 37° 20.842′ N, 79° 15.861′ 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 flies. What happened to Poplar Forest after Jefferson's death? (within shouting distance of this marker); Why build the mounds? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Poplar Forest Planting Memorandum 1812 (about 300 feet away); Plantation Worker Housing (about 300 feet away); How was the landscape partitioned? (about 400 feet away); Commemorating Lewis and Clark (about 400 feet away); St. Stephen's Church (approx. 2˝ miles away); Samuel Miller (approx. 3.2 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 184 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.