Garden Archeology and Restoration at Glendower - Sponsors Needed

On April 12th, the Warren County Historical Society was pleased to host Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology and Landscapes at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat. 

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. To our knowledge, very few, if any, garden excavations have been completed in Ohio and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from Mr. Gary’s experience at Poplar Forest.

Glendower features a front garden allée and a walled terrace garden; the Historical Society hopes to begin an archaeological dig of the formal garden this summer and is actively seeking sponsorships and donations for the project. $20,000 is needed; please contact the Warren County Historical Society at 513-932-1817 wchs@wchsmuseum.org office at 513-932-1817 if your are interested in sponsorship opportunities for this project.