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

How was the landscape partitioned?

 
 
How was the landscape partitioned? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, October 1, 2016
1. How was the landscape partitioned? Marker
Inscription. About 200 feet north of this location, a fence marked the edge of the "curtilage." This sixty-one acre area separated the house and designed landscape from the larger plantation. In 1813, Jefferson noted that he had "inclosed and divided it into suitable appendages to a Dwelling house," and had begun its "improvement by planting trees of use and ornament."


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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.
How was the landscape partitioned? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, October 1, 2016
2. How was the landscape partitioned? Marker
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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. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Forest VA 24551, United States of America.
 
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.
 
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How was the landscape partitioned? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, October 1, 2016
3. How was the landscape partitioned? Marker
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How was the landscape partitioned? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, October 1, 2016
4. How was the landscape partitioned? Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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