Welcome to the Cultural Landscape of Birdwood, a website created by UVA architectural history students (Jane Trask, Kelsey Dootson, and Katie McCarthy Watts) in the summer of 2016.  Birdwood is a plantation house built between 1819-1830 by William Garth to the west of the city of Charlottesville, VA and is currently owned by the University of Virginia Foundation. 

Students in this intensive summer field course explored the historical landscape of Birdwood, focusing on three sites: the Smokehouse, the South Field, and the Formal Garden.  Here you can explore their in-depth exploration of these three areas’       Site and Interpretation and learn about the range of Tools and Methods of historical inquiry they used at Birdwood. 

 

Tools and Methods

 

 Site and Interpretation