This week, Sweet Briar Museum’s Whitley Gallery opened its Tusculum Exhibition, a long-term installation and the result of an arts management practicum undertaken last fall by Sweet Briar student Ann Roach ’13.
The exhibit features information about Tusculum, the family home of Indiana Fletcher Williams’ mother, Maria Antoinette Crawford Fletcher, and artifacts excavated there by archaeologists from the College of William & Mary, as well as some original architectural elements from the house.
Roach said she was particularly interested in the “dismantling [of Tusculum] and its preservation here at Sweet Briar.”
To make people more aware of Tusculum’s history and its connection to Sweet Briar, she wanted the exhibit to be suggestive of an actual room in the house.
“With the mantel in the back, the large window on the right wall and the portrait on the left wall, it feels as though you are [stepping] into a house instead of a museum,” Roach said.
The exhibit also features some of the family’s personal belongings, such as plates and perfume bottles.
Roach was supervised by Sweet Briar Museum director, Karol Lawson, but also received help from Lynn Rainville, director of Tusculum Institute, instructor of anthropology Keith Adams, as well as archaeology lab assistant Vera Schooler ’12 and fellow arts management student Madeline Hodges ’13.
Sweet Briar Museum is open to visitors from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and during special events, including Reunion and Families Weekend. It is closed during spring break, with regular hours resuming March 20.