The Architecture and Landscape of Antebellum Southern Identity: A View from the Virginia Springs

Lecture Description

This lecture will explore the architecture and surrounding man-made and natural landscapes of the Virginia Springs resorts in order to gain a deeper understanding of the values of elite southern society from the late 1700s through 1860. The built environment of the spas as well as the surrounding mountains, caves, and forests reaffirmed and, occasionally, challenged the hierarchical values and racial and gender definitions that formed the core of southern planter identity in the decades before the Civil War.

CATEGORIES

Material Culture and Architecture South

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Charlene M. Boyer Lewis

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