The Northumberland County Historical Society is very pleased to begin its 2016 series of presentations on April 24, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. with “The Archaeology and Architecture of Virginia Slave Sites” by Dr. Douglas W. Sanford. His discussion will include information on the slave quarters at Stratford Hall as well as on those throughout the Northern Neck. It promises to be very interesting.
Dr. Sanford holds both an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia in anthropology. His doctorate in anthropology is also from the University of Virginia. His second Master’s is in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he is Professor of Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington. Dr. Sanford’s background and experiences will provide a most informative presentation.
Dr. Sanford has conducted archaeological research in Brazil, Arizona, and Pennsylvania as well as within Virginia. These latter sites in Virginia include the Yorktown Battlefield, Monticello, Stratford Hall and throughout the Northern Neck. His work at Stratford Hall has been a powerful means of gaining access to the lives and working conditions of slaves. Since the enslaved African Americans comprised over 90% of the population at Stratford Hall Plantation during the 18th and 19th centuries, information from these sites offers real insight about their lives. Dr. Sanford’s presentation will also include what archaeologists have learned about African –American slaves’ domestic lives and about their housing.
We very much look forward to seeing you, your families and friends on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. The presentation is open to the public. Historical books and journals will be on sale following the presentation. All proceeds benefit NCHS. Refreshments will also be served.