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Peripheral Middling Plantations: The Late Antebellum Period at James Madison's Montpelier

Author(s): Scott N. Oliver ; Aryel Rigano ; Marah Brenneman

Year: 2015

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The Arlington, Dr. Madison, and Bloomfield plantations were constructed in the early 19th century, surrounding James Madison's Montpelier in Orange County, Virginia. While these plantations are peripheral to the Madison property history, comparing these middling plantations is important to a holistic understanding of the late antebellum landscape in Virginia. Arlington House acts as an essential resource to the public archaeology initiatives of the institution by providing housing for the public programs. The goal of this paper is to reconstruct the history of Arlington House and the adjacent plantations through an analysis of archaeological, historical, and oral records. Comparing these plantations will provide participants of Montpelier's public archaeology programs, as well as the general public, with acces to the history of Arlington House and its neighboring plantations as they fit into the larger late antebellum landscape. This will act to further the public engagement initiatives at Montpelier.

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Peripheral Middling Plantations: The Late Antebellum Period at James Madison's Montpelier. Scott N. Oliver, Aryel Rigano, Marah Brenneman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434093)


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

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PaperId(s): 541

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America