Thomas Jefferson actually had two plantations, the well-known Monticello on a hill on the outskirts of Charlottesville, and Poplar Forest, Poplar Forest is about 80 miles south of Monticello and, like Jefferson's primary residence, is located a few miles east of the crest of the Blue Ridge. He used it as a retreat, but also as a source of revenue. "An original and fascinating contribution to the growing literature on the archaeology of the African-American experience. Heath writes exceptionally well and has a captivating style." - Mary C. Beaudry. "A fine addition to our understanding of the archaeology of slavery in the Virginia Piedmont and on the plantations of Thomas Jefferson. The writing is lucid, and the treatment, while maintaining its scholarly standards, is suitable for a broad range of readers." - Lucia C. Stanton. Barbara J. Heath directs archaeology at Poplar Forest.