The Intersecting Plantation Landscape II

Organizer: Thane Harpole, The Fairfield Foundation
Organizer: Terry Brock, Michigan State University
Organizer: Luke Pecoraro, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Chair: David Brown, The Fairfield Foundation

Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference
Quebec City, Quebec

Session Abstract

Plantations dominated the landscape, economy and society of Virginia and Maryland from the mid-17th through the mid-19th century. Our recent panel at the Society of Early Americanists conference (see critically examined the intersection of plantations and urban centers, the interplay between church and manor, the influences and implementation of designed landscapes, and the dialog between land, labor, money and time, to better understand the synergies that created the American world. This complimentary panel shifts the focus from top-down elite planters’ perspective to the experiences of those many ordinary people-including slaves-who were equally fundamental to the plantation system, redefining the meaning and boundaries of plantation landscapes. Through diverse research methods and approaches, the participants extend their research towards the fundamental as well as the ephemeral intersections among people and place in the plantation landscape. The panelists will interpret the plantation in relation to the overarching themes of politics, economy, religion, and landscape design, to demonstrate the interconnectedness of these early American landscapes.


Daniel Gookin’s Chesapeake: The Intercolonial Plantation Landscape
Luke Pecoraro, Boston University, Dept. of Archaeology

Enslaved Landscapes within Lewis Burwell II’s Fairfield Plantation at the End of the Seventeenth Century
David Brown, The Fairfield Foundation
Thane Harpole, The Fairfield Foundation

A Feudal Domain on the Virginia Frontier: The Germanna Plantation Landscape
Kerri S. Barile, Dovetail Cultural Resource Group

The Intersection of Space and Power: Plantation Overseers in the American South
Andrew Wilkins, University of Tennessee

The Changing Landscape of Indian Camp, a piedmont Virginia plantation
Barbara Heath, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Meagan Dennison, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Crstal Ptacek, Independent Scholar
Hope Smith, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Envelopment of an Evolving Suburban Plantation: The Sentry Box in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Sean Maroney, Dovetail Cultural Resource Group
Kerri S. Barile, Dovetail Cultural Resource Group

The Other End of the Chain: Viewing the Poplar Forest Landscape from an Enslaved Perspective
Eric Proebsting, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
Jack Gary, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Intersections of Place, Landscape, and Spirit at Wye House
Beth Pruitt, University of Maryland

From Slavery to Freedom: Identifying a Subversive Landscape Off the Plantation
Terry Brock, Michigan State University

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