Author Archive

Sep 21, 2023

The Final Piece of Restoration

This year we have been focusing on the big milestones of the 40th anniversary and the completion of the historic house. Although Jefferson was happy to consider the house basically done […]

Sep 19, 2023

New Hire Highlight: Bella Kilper

By: Bella Kilper This past summer I had the pleasure of serving as the Summer Research Intern for the archaeology department at Poplar Forest. Having just graduated with my Bachelor […]

Aug 23, 2023

Student Research Illuminates Fascinating Finds

By: Erin Schwartz On July 14, Poplar Forest’s 32nd Annual Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology drew to a close. While students had learned many valuable skills in the field and […]

Aug 23, 2023

Restoration turns to Preservation

This past month we have been pressing forward with the preservation of the wood fixtures on the roof. It is incredible how quickly water can wreak havoc once it finds […]

Jul 19, 2023

2023 Field School Week 6

By: Alyssa Moorman Week 6 has come to an end, and the Poplar Forest Archaeology Field School 2023 has officially been completed. The week started with a lecture on Industrial […]

Jul 17, 2023

The House is Restored…Now what?

“I never thought I’d live long enough to see it finished,” a sentiment shared by long-time docents, board members, and supporters of the 40-year experiment to faithfully restore Poplar Forest.   […]

Jul 14, 2023

2023 Field School Week 5

By: Taylor Gantzert At the beginning of the fifth week of Poplar Forest’s field school, students learned about the tools that archaeologists use to categorize and analyze the data collected […]

Jul 6, 2023

2023 Field School Week 4 (Part 2)

A Trip to Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne By: Nicole Finnigan While the focus of the first half of the week was on digging our units and learning about flotation, […]

Jul 6, 2023

2023 Field School Week 4 (Part 1)

By Rose Hill (the happy Texan): In this week of the field school, we began each morning with a series of lectures by Dr. Proebsting on the topics of landscape […]

Jun 28, 2023

2023 Field School Week 3

By: Gill Batt This week, field school started with a tour of Monticello on Monday. The group listened to a lecture and toured the house along with the grounds. The […]