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dc.contributor.authorBryan, Stephanie Nicole
dc.description.abstractIn the twenty-first century, many Americans are becoming increasingly disconnected from the heritage of place. Consequently, many American historic sites and house museums face persistently declining visitation rates. Numerous variables contribute to this trend, including prevailing methods of historical interpretation at historic sites. This thesis adopts the English landscape garden as a precedent and model to interpret American history in historic and cultural landscapes with Stratford Hall Plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia, serving as a case study. Finally, this study suggests how the Stratford Hall landscape might be conceived as a 21st-century landscape garden, and how such a strategy might offer one way to reengage Americans with historic sites.
dc.subjectlandscape architecture
dc.subjectcultural landscape management
dc.subjecthistorical interpretation
dc.subjecteighteenth-century English landscape garden
dc.subjectStratford Hall plantation
dc.title"A Work to Wonder at"
dc.title.alternativethe landscape garden as a model for historical interpretation at Stratford Hall Plantation
dc.description.departmentEnvironmental Design
dc.description.majorLandscape Architecture
dc.description.advisorEric MacDonald
dc.description.committeeEric MacDonald
dc.description.committeeDaniel Nadenicek
dc.description.committeeTad Thomas Gloeckler
dc.description.committeeIan Firth

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