Suzanne Turner Associates

The Oaks

The Oaks House Museum is an outstanding example of an urban farmstead, located within close proximity to downtown Jackson, MS and to the state capitol. STA first produced a Cultural Landscape Report that traced the history of the property and the family, setting its story within the context of the history of antebellum Jackson. From this research, and working with the advisory committee, STA then developed an interpretive master plan that used the reduced property size to demonstrate the elements that would have surrounded the home.  Selected plantings were consistent with a small antebellum home located within the city limits.

Recommended treatments involved the integration of archaeology on the site with the educational mission of the museum, in order to teach schoolchildren and the public about the importance of intensive and accurate research.  Another suggestion was a program of on-going archaeology in order to discover new information about the landscape surrounding The Oaks, thereby increasing the number of repeat visitors who come to see the work as it evolves.