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Architecural documentation of Ash Lawn Highland: examining the evidence

Author(s): Willie Graham

Year: 2016

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Jay Winston Johns restored a small house at Ash Lawn-Highland in the 1930s and created a shrine to James Monroe, the assumed builder and occupant. Now a museum house owned and run by the College of William and Mary, it seemed prudent to determine if the house was actually that which Monroe slept in. If not, the consequence would be profound for the College.

The building’s dimensions loosely match a wing of the Monroe dwelling described in documents. Despite the association, many features of the extant building seem too late for the 1790s construction date indicated in the record. Thus an architectural investigation was undertaken to determine the building’s construction date and function. The study cataloged all architectural components of each room including their technological and stylistic features. This paper will present an overview of the method used to dissect the house and reveal the questions and answers it raised.  

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Architecural documentation of Ash Lawn Highland: examining the evidence. Willie Graham. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434628)


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 881

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