Barbara Paca, St. Clair Wright, Dr. Anne Yentsch
New Techniques in Recovery and Reconstruction of Four 18th Century Ornamental American Gardens

The team of Barbara Paca, St. Clair Wright and Dr. Anne Yentsch, received the 1990 grant for a new approach to the examination of historic gardens. The team used a technique called geometrical analysis and applied it to archaeological investigation to successfully determine the plans of Long Hall Garden in Maryland, Belmont Mansion in Philadelphia, Morven in Princeton and Drayton Hall in South Carolina. The technique targets and streamlines archaeological investigation and recovery. The grant was awarded to the team to refine this technique.

Photos: (1) Collage featuring (top right) “Founding Mother: Mrs. Peregrine Tilghman, holding an orange from the Orangery at Wye House,” by John Hesselius, c. 1770. and (bottom left) Judge John Beale Bordley in his private utopia on Wye Island, Maryland; (2) William Paca, signer and governor of Maryland, in front of his pastoral landscape on Wye Island; (3) window seat at Drayton Hall.