Thomas Jefferson was at Eppington when a letter from President George Washington appointed him the first Secretary of State at the outbreak of the French Revolution. The widowed Jefferson left his daughters at Eppington when he went to France. His youngest daughter Lucy Elizabeth (age 2) died there of whooping cough and was the first burial in the Epps family cemetery. Her 2 year old cousin Lucy Epps was buried beside her within 2 weeks. A Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey of the graveyard at Eppington revealed 10 adult graves, 16 infant graves, and two vaults.
The Graveyard at Eppington
The mystery is where is Lucy Jefferson buried?
The archeological potential of the slave quarter area located east of the house is staggering, but funding is needed to buy this property.
- Archaeological Research Report on the School and Kitchen Sites of Eppington – Phase II
- Archaeological Monitoring at Eppington Plantation – August 2014
Ground Penetrating Radar Survey
A ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey was conducted at the family cemetery on Eppington Plantation in southwestern Chesterfield County, Virginia. The purpose of the survey was to help locate burials in a non-destructive way. The plantation is famous not only as the 18th century home of the Francis Eppes VI family, but also for its strong family connection to Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of the United States.