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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lewandowski, Bonny A.
Author's Email Address blewando@vt.edu
URN etd-4898-135420
Title Landscape in Peril: A Cultural Assessment of Thomas's Wharf and Woodlands Farm, Northampton County, Eastern Shore, Virginia
Degree Master of Landscape Architecture
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Clements, Terry L. Committee Chair
Devitt, Patricia A. Committee Member
Fine, Elizabeth C. Committee Member
Kagawa, Ronald M. Committee Member
Salmon, Richard G. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Eastern Shore of Virginia
  • cultural landscape
  • landscape architecture
Date of Defense 1998-04-24
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
LANDSCAPE IN PERIL:

A CULTURAL ASSESSMENT

OF

THOMASS WHARF AND WOODLANDS FARM,

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, EASTERN SHORE, VIRGINIA

by

Bonny A. Lewandowski

Committee Chair, Terry L. Clements

Department of Landscape Architecture

(ABSTRACT)

This thesis develops a philosophy for management, preservation, and interpretation of Woodlands Farm and Thomas's Wharf in Northampton County on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service methodology for historic properties, including cultural landscapes, is used to complete this study. The National Park Service method includes four interrelated steps: (1) historical research, and (2) inventory and documentation of existing conditions, (3) site analysis and evaluation of significance and integrity, and (4) recommendations for future management.

Essential to the future of Woodlands Farm and Thomas's Wharf is continued use of the property while retaining character defining features that make them significant. The most suitable management philosophy for a historic property that allows for protection and maintenance of significant features, as well as future use and development, is Rehabilitation.

Thomas's Wharf's significance is derived from fragments of many periods and histories can be read on the landscape; a palimpsest. The U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service evaluates a landscape much as one evaluates a historic building, defining it as a type or from a specific time period. The U.S. Department of the Interior's criteria for significance does not address a landscape, like Thomas's Wharf, as part of the continuum of history. Rather the study of landscapes is limited and the criteria does not acknowledge a site's broader continuum of significance. Landscapes that are records of change and evolution, palimpsests of a people, culture, and place, need to be identified and deemed significant for that quality.

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