Williams-Mitchell Farm Documentation & Interpretive Plan
The Center for Public History has assisted the family in documenting the farm’s history and considering how it could be presented to the public.
In the summer of 2002, Center Director Ann McCleary and research assistants Mark Barron and Rebecca Glasgow recorded this farmstead and family history through oral interviews, historical research, and architectural analysis of the extant buildings. Graduate student Terri Lotti developed a GIS map and description of the farm property in the spring of 2003 and documented the Civilian Conservation Corps camp that once stood on the property for her M.A. thesis project. The Center staff has archived a collection of family papers and historical photographs, available for researchers to use.
In December 2009 Carla Ledgerwood completed her award-winning thesis project on the farm, which included an essay interpreting the farmhouse and an interpretive plan for the farm to be transformed into a park.
Most recently, in 2010, graduate students Matt Harris and Jennifer Teeter and undergraduate intern Chuck Lott have been inventorying the family artifacts preserved in the house and are helping to conduct additional research to nominate the CCC camp to the National Register of Historic Places.