image001The Warren County Historical Society is pleased to host Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology and Landscapes at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jeffersons private retreat. Mr. Gary will speak at the Warren County History Center, 105 S. Broadway, Lebanon, and OH on April 12, 2014 beginning at 10:30 am. The lecture is free with regular History Center admission. Thomas Jeffersons second home, Poplar Forest, was constructed in 1806 in Bedford County, Virginia. This was a place where the retired statesman could engage in his favorite pursuits, including gardening and landscape design. Today Poplar Forest is open to the public as a museum that explores the legacy of Thomas Jefferson through the research and restoration of his house and grounds. Archaeological research associated with recent landscape restoration efforts is providing the details to accurately replant select elements of the ornamental grounds. The Warren County Historical Society hopes to conduct a garden archaeological project to uncover the secrets of the defunct formal garden at its Glendower historic mansion. Glendower, which was built in 1845 in the Greek revival style made popular by Thomas Jefferson, sits on almost five acres just south of downtown Lebanon. The property features a front garden allée and a walled terrace garden as well as a formal garden. The Historical Society hopes to begin an archaeological dig of the formal garden this summer. Mr. Garys talk should be of interest to students of architecture, archaeology and anthropology as well as gardeners and garden designers, said John Zimkus, the Warren County History Centers Historian, To our knowledge very few, if any, garden excavations have been completed in Ohio and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from Mr. Garys experience at Popular Forest. For more information contact the Warren County History Center at 513-932-1817 or visit wchsmuseum.org. History Center admission is adults $7, seniors 65 and over $6, students under 18 $4. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Posted March 22, 2014
Topics: Archaeology

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