Landscape, Race, and Culture: Shaping a World of Color in the American South

September 26-28, 2019 Winston-Salem, NC



Nationally recognized scholars from across the United States
will convene to discuss
issues of race, culture, & landscape
and how these factors formed a complex world of color on the American South.


Registration fee includes all conference lectures, activities, meals, breaks, materials, and museum admissions.
Registration deadline in September 12, 2019.


General Registration $295.00
Members of Old Salem and MESDA $275.00
Members of the Southern Garden History Society $275.00



This conference is part of Old Salem’s larger “Hidden Town Project.”
To read more regarding the history, research, goals, and execution of this project click here:


all events will be held at the Old Salem Visitor Center unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 26
2:00pm Conference Registration
2:30-3:30pm Pre-Conference Optional Tours at Old Salem Museums & Gardens
  • Hidden Town Tour of Old Salem
    with Martha Hartley, Director of Moravian Research

    • $20 per person
    • Please meet at the Log Church at St. Philips Complex,
      913 S. Church Street
      Winston-Salem, NC  27101
  • A Hidden Legacy: The African American Influence in Southern Decorative Arts
    with Daniel Ackermann, Curator of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

    • $20 per person
    • Please meet at the Frank L. Horton Museum Center
      924 S. Main Street
      Winston-Salem, NC  27101
  • Homowo Harvest Collection: African/American Heirlooms
    with Eric Jackson, Old Salem Horticulture

    • $20 per person
    • Please meet at the Single Brothers’ Garden
      near 101 W. Academy Street
      Winston-Salem, NC  27101
6:00pm Conference Registration
6:30pm Reception
7:00pm Welcome and Introductions
Franklin Vagnone
President and CEO
Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Flora Ann Bynum Keynote Lecture
“Black Landscapes Matter”
Kofi Boon, ASLA
Professor of Landscape Architecture
North Carolina University College of Design
Dinner on your own.

Friday, September 27
8:30am Conference Registration
9:00am Introduction
Dr. Andrew Gurstelle
Academic Director
Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology
 9:10am Landscapes of Enslavement in West Africa
Dr. Louis P. Nelson
Professor of Architectural History and Vice Provost for Academic Outreach
University of Virginia
 10:00am Making Mitchelville: Freedom on the South Carolina Sea Islands, 1861-1893
Dana E. Byrd
Assistant Professor of Art History
Bowdoin College
 10:45 Break
11:00am Introduction
Dr. Andrew Gurstelle
Academic Director
Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology
11:10am Reversing the Narrative: Using Archaeology to Bring the Enslaved Community into Focus at James Madison’s Montpelier
Matthew B. Reeves
Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration
James Madison’s Montpelier
12:00pm Archaeology and the Landscape of Enslavement in Charleston, South Carolina
Martha Zierden
Curator of Archaeology
The Charleston Museum
 12:45pm Lunch
1:45pm Introduction
Dr. Anthony S. Parent, Jr., PhD
Professor of History and American Ethnic Studies
Wake Forest University
1:55pm “As you draw nearer, new beauties discover themselves”: Planting Landscapes of Isolation and Control in
Barbados and South Carolina
Erin Holms, PhD
Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow
The American Philosophical Society
 2:20pm Seeing Enslavement at the Heyward-Washington House 
Sarah Platt
PhD Candidate, Syracuse University
Archaeological Analyst, Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery at Monticello
 2:45pm Claiming the Big House: The Plantation Landscape Origins of Historically Black Colleges and Universities 
Tiffany Momon
Visiting Research Professor
Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation
 3:05pm Break 
 3:20pm Introduction
Martha Hartley
Director of Moravian Research and Co-Chair, Hidden Town Project
Old Salem Museums & Gardens
  • “Phoebe”
    Renee Andres, Storyteller and Outreach Librarian (retired)
    Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center
  • Hide and Seek: Findings of a Hidden Legacy
    Cheryl Harry, Manager of Human Relations and Co-Chair, Hidden Town Project
    Old Salem Museums & Gardens
  • Archaeology and the Hidden Town Project: Possibilities and Pathways Toward a Landscape Archaeology of Enslavement in Salem
    Geoffrey Hughes, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 6:00-9:00pm Dinner 
Tour St. Philips African Moravian Log Church, Graveyards, and Brick Church

Saturday, September 28
9:00am Coffee & Tea, Moravian Sugar Cake
9:30am Introduction
John Sykes
President, Southern Garden History Society
Director, Magnolia Mound, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
9:40am Closer Than Botanists to Landscape Architects: George Washington Carver and David Augustus Williston
Dreck Spurlock Wilson, ASLA, NOMA
Associate Professor of Architectural History
Howard University, College of Architecture, Engineering, and Computer Science
 10:25am Five Row: Reynolda’s Lost Village 
Eugenia Parent
Director of Internship Development, BEM Program
Wake Forest University School of Business
 11:00am EDANKRAAL, Edward and Anne Spencer’s Garden of Eden in Lynchburg, Virginia 
  Shaun Spencer-Hester
Anne Spencer Memorial Foundation, Inc.
 11:30am Lunch 
Boxed lunch for afternoon Stagville Tour

Afternoon Optional Tours
$45 per person
space limited; pre-registration required
12:30-3:30pm African American Cultural Trolley Tour of Winston-Salem, NC
Experience a quintessential tour of local Black American history and culture. While transported on a restored “Triad Trolley,” you’ll visit Winston-Salem’s historic black neighborhood, view remaining architecturally significant buildings, tour art galleries, and more culturally immersive experiences! Guided by Cheryl Harry, President of Triad Cultural Arts, Inc.

 11:45am-6:30pm  Historic Stagville Tour, Durham, NC
Enjoy a box lunch en route by coach to Historic Stagville for a special guided tour and time to explore on your own. This state historic site includes the remnants of the one of the largest plantations in North Carolina. The Bennehan-Cameron family owned approximately 30,000 acres of land and claimed ownership over about 900 people who were enslaved on this property. Stagville protects a fraction of the land from that plantation, including original slave quarters (1851), a massive barn (1860), and a Bennehan family house (1787-1799). Stagville is dedicated to teaching about the lives and work of enslaved people on the plantation. Coach will return to Old Salem by 6:30 p.m.



“Landscape Conference” block rates will be held until August 26, 2019.  Nightly rate range $109-129.

The Historic Brookstown Inn

200 Brookstown Avenue

Hawthorne Inn
420 High Street

Fairfield Inn & Suites
125 S. Main Street

The Zevely Inn
803 S. Main Street



Registrants who cancel at least two weeks prior to the conference will be given a full refund minus $50 handling fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations that occur less than two weeks prior to the conference.


For more information about this program or if you have any questions, please contact Martha Hartley: