Aug 21 2010
We’ve selected to re-create Notley Young’s Plantation circa 1790 as a pilot. Above are the more than twenty buildings (in blue) that make up its estate overlaid on top of a contemporary Google street map of SW Washington. The fact that the many of buildings’ positions currently lie in an open space (Benjamin Banneker Park) provides us with the ability to easily test “then and now” methods of display.
Notley Young was a wealthy land-owner with a large plantation that raised primarily tobacco. He owned slaves and had his own wharf on the river. His mansion was positioned on the high bluff overlooking the Potomac at what is now G and 10th Street in SW Washington.
We’ve selected this site primarily for its location and clear view of the surrounding land and river. It is in the sightline of the White House, Capitol, National Mall, and the low hills surrounding the new city. As Pierre L’Enfant rode the territory in 1790, the Plantation would have always been in view.
The Plantation also has the wide range of buildings that represent that time period – from wealthy mansions to slave cabins, and from tobacco barns to stables. It will be an appropriate test challenge.