Join Dr. Matthew Reeves, Montpelier's Director of Archaeology & Landscape Restoration, on a tour of Montpelier's woods to learn about the hidden plantation landscape under the tree canopy. Dr. Reeves will discuss how Montpelier is exploring the hidden agricultural sites and slave quarters that are being discovered through metal detector surveys, archaeological excavations, ancient witness trees, and LiDAR imagery. The sites located through these surveys bear witness to the labor of enslaved Americans at Montpelier. Explore barn sites, tree lines, provision gardens and slave quarter revealed by archaeology on this 2-3 mile hike.

This is part of the Exploring the Constitutional Landscape series of tours led by Montpelier Archaeologists about different areas of the Montpelier landscape that tell the stories of how the Constitution has affected the lives of different people from the 18th century through the modern day, told through the lens of archaeological discovery on Montpelier’s landscape.

Space is limited! Please wear comfortable clothing and hiking boots; this walk will involve walking off trails and on steep slopes with rough terrain. Please bring full water bottles, hats, and bug spray.