Vintage landscape: Danville, Virginia

Oak Hill, Danville, Va,1930s, via Library of CongressMore massive boxwood hedges — this time at Oak Hill, near Danville, Virginia, ca. 1930s, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The house was built in 1825 by the Hairston family. It burned down in 1988.

6 thoughts on “Vintage landscape: Danville, Virginia

  1. I have no idea what the two boxwood are that we have near our driveway but they have grown huge in just 10 years. They are at least as tall as me!

    I wonder if they built a new house in the same spot and if the hedge is still there?

    1. But you do have really good dirt.

      At one of the links about Oak Hill, I read that the larger property was being developed, and slave cemeteries had been discovered. I don’t know if that included the old house site. It would be nice to think that someone took the boxwoods for a garden. I know The Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral in D.C. was originally planted with boxwood from old plantations in Virginia and Maryland.

  2. A strange comparison, but those urns in front of the boxwood remind me of a similar arrangement at The Grove, David Hick’s garden in England. There the hedge is straighter and more formal, as are the urns, but the overall impact is similar.

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