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Sequent occupance study in Fauquier County, Virginia Public Deposited

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  • The problem of this thesis is the existence of an anomalous manorial landscape in northern Fauquier County, Virginia. The county is about 45 miles southwest of Washington, D. C. The thesis seeks to develop a hypothesis to explain the existence of this landscape so different from surrounding areas in a similar environment. The methodology selected for the research was· that of sequent occupance analysis. The research procedures entailed field work carried on in and about the county during the summer of 1965. Virginia archives and public records were thoroughly researched. Other research techniques employed the use of inter- views, aerial photographs, and various kinds of maps. The thesis considers the genesis of the anomalous landscape in four stages. The four stages identified have been named the American Indian Period of Occupance (up to 1700), the Colonial Period of Occupance (1700-1783), the Proprietorship (1783-1850), and the Commonwealth (1870-1966). For each period the thesis describes and analyzes the impress of occupance on the evolving landscape. The hypothesis as suggested by the evidence marshalled in the thesis, is that the anomalous landscape of northern Fauquier County is the result of chance concentration of large land holdings by affluent families which prevented rurbanization of the area. It is suggested that these families continue to hold their estates intact because of the influence of cultural attitudes toward the land, the philosophy of the plantation tradition􀀡 and an allegiance to family traditions of graceful living.
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