Skip directly to content

Landscape Architecture Program Studies Old Federal Road Route

Collage of images on the road to Mt. Vernon

Beginning in the spring semester of 2011 and continuing through 2012, students and faculty in Auburn University’s Master of Landscape Architecture program have embarked on a 21st century re-exploration of the Old Federal Road, a route from old Washington City ( now DC) through Alabama to New Orleans. The Alabama Legislature has identified the Old Federal Road as a route of significant historic potential that could assist with rural economic development. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Jocelyn Zanzot in partnership with artist Dan Neil, the students are working with communities along the Old Federal Road to uncover potentials for place-making that interpret and activate the contemporary landscape of this historic route. A first series of investigations and events have been conducted at Uchee, Burn Corn, and Mt Vernon, historic crossroads of significance to the Creek Nation. Results from this first work are forthcoming in Southern Spaces journal, and an on-campus exhibition of Creative Scholarship.