Category Archives: Virginia

“1610 AM Sailor’s Creek, Virginia”

Albumleaf 84: May 14, 2012 (Farmville) There is too much history here in central Virginia to be preserved pristinely. For every monument and museum, there are another dozen Civil War relics waiting to be found and a score of dilapidated sharecropper shacks falling down in the woods. At nearby Sailor’s Creek, site of the Civil […]

“Little Vanishing World 4 (Draper Plate)”

Albumleaf 70: September 15, 2011 (Farmville) Hampden-Sydney College might have been the site of the first photograph. But John William Draper‘s image didn’t last: only the indecipherable plates remain; one can see them in the College’s Esther Atkinson Museum. This brief piece tries to capture an image’s quick decay, attempts to reclaim it, the frustration, […]

Three Jefferson Pieces III. “The Rotunda”

Albumleaf 17: June 9, 2010 (New York City) Thomas Jefferson did not live to see The Rotunda at the University of Virginia completed. Originally the University’s library, The Rotunda consists of three floors, the middle containing three elliptical conference rooms, the top the famous dome room, widely considered to be one of America’s greatest indoor […]

Three Jefferson Pieces II. “Monticello”

Albumleaf 16: June 6, 2010 (Farmville) Located just outside Charlottesville, Monticello is Jefferson’s public showplace. Much bigger than Poplar Forest, the house is designed for conversation and study and is filled with whimsical gadgetry. At Monticello, Jefferson is both elegant Enlightenment philosophe and whimsical American inventor. [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

Three Jefferson Pieces I. “Poplar Forest”

Albumleaf 15: May 27, 2010 (Farmville) Located just west of Lynchburg, Poplar Forest is the small, octagonal house Thomas Jefferson built during his second term as President. He intended the house to be a private retreat from his public showpiece, Monticello. While staying at Poplar Forest, Jefferson wrote much of Notes on the State of […]

“The High Bridge Over the Appomattox”

Albumleaf 14: May 26, 2010 (Farmville) [Audio clip: view full post to listen]