The Intersecting Plantation Landscape


Panel organizer: David Brown, The Fairfield Foundation & The College of William and Mary (History, Ph.D program)


Plantations dominated the landscape, economy and society of much of eastern North America from the late 17th through the mid-19th century.  The focus of decades of extensive research by archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists, we are only beginning to assemble this enormous amount of data.  Detailed pictures emerge of manor houses, slave quarters, and economic importance, but what bound these elements together?  Among the various practical and philosophical connections within and between plantations, and the overarching themes of politics, economy, religion, and landscape design, we have much to understand about the interconnectedness of these early American landscapes, including the intersection of plantations and urban centers, the interplay between church and manor, the influences and implementation of designed landscapes, and the dialog between land, labor, money and time.  Through the use of extensive archaeological surveys, detailed landscape analysis, extant historical records, and other sources, we can critically examine the intersections between space, design, family, labor, and products over time, to understand the synergies that created the complex American world. 

Send 250-word abstracts to David Brown at by Friday, September 7, 2012.