Near Lynchburg in Bedford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
How was the landscape partitioned?
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Four roads linked the main house with the outside world. Internal roads, such as the one that encircled the house and core landscape, carried people and goods within the plantation.
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A portion of the curtilage fence has been recreated along the front entrance drive. This traditional "Virginia" or "snake" fence is built of hand-split Black Locust rails stacked loosely in a zig-zag pattern. As in Jefferson's day, the bottom rails rest on fieldstones to prevent rotting from contact with the ground.
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Archaeologists discovered a series of planting holes that likely define the inner and outer edges of a segment of Jefferson's circular road. He described the road as 540 yards in circumference.
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The pattern of planting holes is nearly identical to Jefferson's plan to line both sides of the road with Paper Mulberry trees planted 20 feet apart.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Horticulture & Forestry • Man-Made Features • Patriots & Patriotism.
Location. 37° 20.902′ N, 79° 15.843′ 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. Plantation Worker Housing (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); Why build the mounds? (about 300 feet away); Why is the lawn sunken? (about 400 feet away); What happened to Poplar Forest after Jefferson's death? (about 400 feet away); St. Stephen's Church (approx. 2.4 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 155 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.