Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA) a Great Success

We were happy to see so many UMW alumni and local Fredericksburg preservationists and firms (go Dovetail!) on the resolution of thanks passed by CNEHA for the conference held this past weekend. Special thanks also goes to Professor Sanford for his hard work on the UMW end and of course the help from the UMW student volunteers! From what we hear things went quite well with great tours, presentations, and of course refreshments! Check out the resolution for a full list of names. RESOLUTION OF THANKS TO ORGANIZERS CNEHA 11 8 2015 … [Read more...]

A Closer Look at the Goodwin House


A Closer Look at the Goodwin House: The North Wing of the Mary Washington House Michael G. Spencer While the south wing of the Mary Washington House, the portion in which Mary lived, has received quite a bit of attention over the years, the Goodwin or north wing of the building has remained shrouded in mystery. However, as students in HISP 461 have looked into the history and begun to examine the materials of the building it has become increasingly apparent that the building is a contemporary of the south wing or Mary’s House and likely dates to the 1760s. Both the south wing and the Goodwin House were likely constructed by Michael Robinson between 1761 and 1771. The first concrete mention of a building, of which I am aware (aside from standard deed/legal language which can often be misleading) is a reference made in one of George Washington's letters noting that his mother Mary has picked a “commodious house, garden and lotts” in Fredericksburg in which to reside (“From George … [Read more...]

Documenting Our Past: Stafford County’s Slavery Site Project

Recent UMW preservation alumna and current Dovetail Cultural Resource Group employee Emily Anderson recently published a story on work being done to document slave related sites in Stafford County, Virginia.  This initiative is sponsored in part by the UMW Center for Historic Preservation. Documenting Our Past: Stafford County's Slavery Site Project … [Read more...]

Students dig for history at Belle Grove

Checkout a recent article in The King George Journal about Professor Sanford's archaeology class. The King George Journal_April 22, 2015 … [Read more...]

Caroline Street in 1796

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HISP 345 students have been hard at work modeling Caroline Street pre-1807 fire.  The first step was collecting Mutual Assurance Policies from 1796 and overlaying them in Google Earth to get a reasonable idea of where the buildings were located (below image).  Subsequent years, until 1807, will also be modeled with the objective of conveying the dramatic difference in the visual appearance of Fredericksburg during the late 18th and early 19th centuries compared to today.  Google Earth was chosen in large part because it is free and provides adequate accuracy tolerances to reach the objective of the exercise.  The brief video showing some of the building massings, created in SketchUP, on the Caroline Street topography check out the Department for Historic Preservation's Facebook page.  The video moves from the southern end of Caroline Street to the northern end.  At present "photoreal" renderings are being applied to student models like Heather Kennedy's model of the building at the … [Read more...]

Stewardship of a University’s Built Heritage

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Jack Pyburn, FAIA will present a lecture entitled Stewardship of a University's Built Heritage.  This lecture sponsored by the UMW Center for Historic Preservation will delve into how University campuses can best address preservation issues with limited fiscal resources.  The lecture will be held on November 11th from 5-6:30 in Combs Hall, room #237. … [Read more...]

Preservation Students Present at Archeological Society of Virginia Conference

Congratulations to Historic Preservation students Jessica Bittner and Robin Ramey who presented at the Archeological Society of Virginia Conference on October 12th.  Despite a Sunday morning session attendance was high.  The abstract for their presentation is posted below.  Funding was in part made possible by the UMW Center for Historic Preservation. A Progress Report on the Oval Site (44WM80), Stratford Hall Plantation Jessica Bittner and Robin Ramey, University of Mary Washington For several summer seasons the Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington has sponsored an archaeological field school in cooperation with the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association at a mid-18th-century site at Stratford Hall Plantation in Westmoreland County. Known as the Oval Site because of its location within a modern, reconstructed landscape feature, the site contains four earthfast buildings and corresponds either to a plantation farm quarter or an overseer’s … [Read more...]

Amphitheatre History

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The history of the UMW Amphitheatre has been posted under Research Resources-University of Mary Washington (link below).  This history was created as part of the UMW Preservation Plan.   … [Read more...]

Chandler Hall History and Drawings Posted

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The history of Chander Hall has been posted under Resources-University of Mary Washington ( )as well as drawings created by Charles Robinson in 1928 for construction of Chandler Hall (the Training School) and the drawings created by J. Binford Walford in 1938 for the portico addition to Chandler Hall (cabinet 2).   … [Read more...]

Professor Doug Sanford and the Stratford Field School in the News

Congratulations to Professor Sanford and the Stratford field school. … [Read more...]