From 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, “Moving Tusculum Home — An Architectural Study” will be presented in Murchison Lane Auditorium at Sweet Briar College. Admission is free and the public is invited.
Tusculum — an 18th-century plantation house once located north of Sweet Briar in Amherst County — is the academic focus of the 2007 Homecoming festivities at the College. It was the childhood home of Maria Crawford, mother of College founder Indiana Fletcher Williams.
In 2006, Tusculum was dismantled to make way for new construction and moved to the Sweet Briar campus. It presently awaits reconstruction in one of the College’s dairy barns.
At the conference, the College will announce its plans for the historic home.
After an introduction and overview by Kathleen Kilpatrick ’76, director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Travis McDonald will speak on “Giving Tusculum a New Home.”
McDonald, director of restoration for Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in Bedford County, Va., will discuss the original building methods and the anticipated reconstruction and restoration of Tusculum.
Christian Carr, director of the Sweet Briar Museum and assistant professor of arts management, will follow McDonald with “Life within Tusculum.” Her lecture will address family life at Tusculum, including the home’s furnishings.
Elizabeth Monroe, project archaeologist at the College of William & Mary, will address the home from an archaeological standpoint with her talk, “What Tusculum Can Tell Us Today.”
Monroe will be followed by Timothy Robinson, owner and president of Heartland Millwork, the company that deconstructed Tusculum. A 27-year veteran of historic home restoration, he will present “Valuing Tusculum as Part of Our History.”
Robinson will discuss the unique features of the home, including the tooling and techniques used in the original construction.
Kilpatrick will then reclaim the podium for “Preserving Tusculum for the Future,” a talk focusing on the preservation and the environmental sustainability of the project.
After the presentations, there will be a tour of the intended reconstruction site as well as the dairy barn where Tusculum is currently stored.
Due to limited seating, participants are asked to pre-register. For more information or to register, please call the alumnae office at 381-6131.
Category: Tusculum Institute