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Beyond the WallsNew Perspectives on the Archaeology of Historical Households$
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Kevin R. Fogle, James A. Nyman, and Mary C. Beaudry

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061559

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061559.001.0001

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Landschaft and Place-Making at George Washington’s Ferry Farm

Landschaft and Place-Making at George Washington’s Ferry Farm

(p.71) 4 Landschaft and Place-Making at George Washington’s Ferry Farm
Beyond the Walls

James A. Nyman

Brooke Kenline

University Press of Florida

Ferry Farm is perhaps best known as the site of George Washington’s boyhood home. However, between the early eighteenth century and the Civil War, it was intermittently the site of multiple occupations, including the home of a former indentured servant, the home of an overseer and his enslaved wife, and the habitations of their and the Washington's enslaved domestic servants. The homes these families constructed were part of a dynamic cultural landscape that shifted meaning and context throughout time. In chapter 4, Nyman and Kenline pursue how these disparate households--their orientations, demographies, and material conditions--illustrate landschaft, the link between community, custom, and identity that defines a sense of land as a relative space. Emphasizing the multivalence of place-making, this analysis reveals the shifting variables and multiscalar dimensions of how activities and social relations within and around these households were inscribed on the Ferry Farm landscape with a shifting sense of place for the different occupants across time.

Keywords:   landschaft, cultural landscape, George Washington, Ferry Farm, place-making, household orientation, demographies

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