Stop by the Rebel’s Rest archaeological dig any day, and you’ll see Prof. Sarah Sherwood and her team of researchers hard at work uncovering the secrets of our former guest house that tragically burned last summer. Margaret Woods and I are trying to get a handle on the early landscaping by the Polk and Fairbanks families, who lived here before the Civil War and up through the early part of the 20th century.
One big question is the origin of the wisteria vine that used to grace the house’s front porch. Who planted it, and when? The vine is huge, and its offspring unfortunately are populating and choking out vegetation all around the property.
Sarah is planning a “visitor day” for the end of this month. Stay tuned — she’ll be able to fill visitors in on the discoveries her team has made, and Margaret and I should have something to say about the landscaping.