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Near Lynchburg in Bedford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Poplar Forest Planting Memorandum 1812

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, October 1, 2016
1. Poplar Forest Planting Memorandum 1812 Marker
Inscription.  "Clump Of Athenian & Balsam poplars at each corner of the house intermix locusts, common and Kentucky, redbuds, dogwoods, calycanthus, liriodendron"
Poplar Forest Planting Memorandum 1812

Archaeologists discovered the remains of a Jeffersonian tree clump and an oval planting bed. The clump consisted of a densely planted circle of ornamental trees and shrubs. Adjacent to the clump, Jefferson instructed his overseer to plant an oval bed of robinia hispida, or prickly locust. Two other oval beds containing roses were planted in front of the house. Their precise locations have not yet been discovered.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureHorticulture & ForestryMan-Made FeaturesPatriots & Patriotism.
 
Location. 37° 20.886′ N, 79° 15.882′ 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
Poplar Forest Planting Memorandum 1812 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, October 1, 2016
2. Poplar Forest Planting Memorandum 1812 Marker
as the crow flies. Commemorating Lewis and Clark (within shouting distance of this marker); Why build the mounds? (within shouting distance of this marker); How was the landscape partitioned? (within shouting distance of this marker); What happened to Poplar Forest after Jefferson's death? (within shouting distance of this marker); Why is the lawn sunken? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Plantation Worker Housing (about 300 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 208 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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