“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Forest, Virginia

Clickable Map of Bedford County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Bedford County, VA (43) Amherst County, VA (40) Botetourt County, VA (41) Campbell County, VA (22) Franklin County, VA (25) Lynchburg Ind. City, VA (235) Pittsylvania County, VA (24) Roanoke County, VA (20) Rockbridge County, VA (46)  BedfordCounty(43) Bedford County (43)  AmherstCounty(40) Amherst County (40)  BotetourtCounty(41) Botetourt County (41)  CampbellCounty(22) Campbell County (22)  FranklinCounty(25) Franklin County (25)  Lynchburg(235) Lynchburg (235)  PittsylvaniaCounty(24) Pittsylvania County (24)  RoanokeCounty(20) Roanoke County (20)  RockbridgeCounty(46) Rockbridge County (46)
Bedford is the county seat for Bedford County
Forest is in Bedford County
      Bedford County (43)  
      Amherst County (40)  
      Botetourt County (41)  
      Campbell County (22)  
      Franklin County (25)  
      Lynchburg (235)  
      Pittsylvania County (24)  
      Roanoke County (20)  
      Rockbridge County (46)  
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1Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — "A Culture Productive of Infinite Wretchedness”
Long before Jefferson built his retreat house here, he had enslaved men, women and older children working the tobacco and wheat fields—going "into the ground," as he called it. They planted up to 300,000 hillocks of tobacco each year. It took 18 . . . Map (db m198081) HM
2Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — “I have this summer built a wing of offices...”—Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 1814
The Wing of Offices was constructed on the east side of Jefferson's retreat home in 1814, “110 feet long, in the manner of those at Monticello, with a flat roof in the level of the floor of the house." Hannah, the enslaved cook, spent many of her . . . Map (db m198085) HM
3Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — Commemorating Lewis and Clark"The Juno of our groves" — "Trees of use and ornament" —
(lower) Commemorating Lewis and Clark In 2003, surveyors placed a monument on the lawn northwest of the house to commemorate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The brass survey disk bears the design of Jefferson's Indian Peace . . . Map (db m99783) HM
4Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — Crafting a Masterpiece, Longing for Home
Except for Jefferson himself, no one deserves more credit for the ornate character of the retreat house than his enslaved craftsman John Hemings. He apprenticed as a joiner under James Dinsmore, an Irish immigrant. "There is nothing superior in the . . . Map (db m198084) HM
5Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — How was the landscape partitioned?
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 . . . Map (db m99785) HM
6Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — Mounds Made of Ideas and Sweat
"If you would engage the negroes to dig and remove the earth South of the house, 90 feet wide, down to a foot below the lower floor, & descending from thence due South 1 inch in every 10 ft. ...l would gladly pay them for it, but it is only with . . . Map (db m198083) HM
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7Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — New London AcademyConfederate Cavalry Line — Hunter’s Raid —
(preface) On May 26, 1864, Union Gen. David Hunter marched south from Cedar Creek near Winchester to drive out Confederate forces, lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley, and destroy transportation facilities at Lynchburg. His raid was part of . . . Map (db m55782) HM
8Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — K-141 — New London Academy
Chartered by the state in 1795, this is the oldest secondary school in Virginia in continuous operation under its own charter. Conducted for many years as a private school for boys, it began to receive public funds in 1884. It now operates as a . . . Map (db m55789) HM
9Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — K-140 — St. Stephen's Church
Half a mile north is St. Stephen's Church, built about 1825 under Rev. Nicholas Cobb, later Bishop of Alabama. In the old cemetery here many members of early families of the community are buried.Map (db m42894) HM
10Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — Transforming a Plantation into a Private Retreat, 1806—1826
When Jefferson became president in 1801, Poplar Forest was a 4,500-acre plantation with at least 60 enslaved men, women and children living and working on the property. In August 1806, President Jefferson visited Poplar Forest to help his . . . Map (db m198082) HM
11Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — What happened to Poplar Forest after Jefferson's death?
Francis Eppes inherited the house and 1,074 acres following his grandfather's death. His cousin Thomas Jefferson Randolph sold the remainder of the estate to cover debts. The Eppes, Cobbs, Hutter and Watts families who lived at Poplar Forest in the . . . Map (db m99781) HM
12Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — Why build the mounds?
Thomas Jefferson's landscape design of house and mounds may have been influenced by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio's five-part plan for a villa (left) — pavilion, hyphen, main block, hyphen, pavilion. In his innovative design, Jefferson . . . Map (db m99779) HM
13Virginia (Bedford County), Forest — Why is the lawn sunken?
Thomas Jefferson designed the sunken lawn to accommodate the lower level of the house and form an area similar to a plain parterre or bowling green. Enslaved laborers led by Phil Hubbard, working on their own time for pay, excavated the lawn and . . . Map (db m99784) HM
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Nov. 27, 2022