Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Lewandowski, Bonny A. Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org 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 AbstractLANDSCAPE IN PERIL:
A CULTURAL ASSESSMENT
THOMASS WHARF AND WOODLANDS FARM,
NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, EASTERN SHORE, VIRGINIA
Bonny A. Lewandowski
Committee Chair, Terry L. Clements
Department of Landscape Architecture
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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