Last week I received the field school project: the HSR of the Hill-Woody House from Madison Heights, VA. Travis McDonald, our field school director, continued to work with Jesse on historical research, revising the measured drawings, and any other necessary work to produce the final product. Without Travis’ dedication to completing the reports each year, there would just be a bunch of random information lying around Poplar Forest and in everyone’s notes. On our last day we handed Travis a cd with the compiled text and photographs, which, although we worked hard to format nicely, it was far from perfect. And our measured drawings and detail sketches were not embedded in the report either. Travis was our editor in terms of layout, content, and in any other way that was necessary.
Yes, I’ve said this before, but to anyone who is even a bit interested, look up the Poplar Forest Restoration Field School and consider attending. It is extremely worthwhile and the most affordable field school you will find. I’d bet it’s even better than some of the most expensive field schools.
Just a few excerpts from the report.