Roads and Landscape Dynamics on Monticello's Mountaintop

Author(s): Derek Wheeler; Craig Kelley

Year: 2015


Between 1770 and his death in 1826, Thomas Jefferson expended vast resources building and altering Monticello mansion and the surrounding landscape. Roads and paths were integral parts of the resulting system, which was engineered to manage the movement of family members, elite visitors, and free and enslaved workers. This paper offers new insights from archaeological research into the shifting configuration of elite and service access routes to the house and the artificial landscape that they traversed, during Jefferson's lifetime and after his death. We also discuss the implications of public interpretation and landscape restoration.      

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Roads and Landscape Dynamics on Monticello's Mountaintop. Derek Wheeler, Craig Kelley. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433710)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 451