In February the Encyclopedia Virginia team introduced the brand new Explore Virginia map tool. The new map functionality improves on the previous iteration, allowing the user to make geographic discoveries about Virginia history and culture by filtering points of interest by a combination of date range, category, and/or search term.
Learn more! Check out EV’s latest entries.
- Poplar Forest: This Bedford County plantation served as the former president’s villa retreat and architectural playground. Learn more about this extraordinary octagonal house from our entry, contributed by Poplar Forest’s director of architectural restoration, Travis C. McDonald.
- Martha Jefferson Randolph (1772–1836): Jefferson’s daughter was arguably the most highly educated woman in Virginia, but her life was also representative of the era’s wives, mothers, and plantation mistresses. Read about her teenage years, spent in pre-Revolutionary France; her troubled marriage to Virginia governor Thomas Mann Randolph; and her efforts to burnish the reputation of her famous father. Cynthia A. Kierner, the author of this entry, was recently nominated for the George Washington Book Prize for her work Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello.
- Monticello: The hub of a 5,000-acre plantation tract, Monticello was home to Jefferson, his family, and more than 100 enslaved people. Our entry sheds light on both architectural phases of the great house; the plantation landscape; Mulberry Row, where Jefferson’s enslaved men, women, and children lived and worked; and the fate of the house after Jefferson’s death in 1826.