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Registration is now open for our 2018 Annual Meeting, A Shared Heritage:  Urban and Rural Experience on the Banks of the Potomac (May 2-5). The Potomac Conference will focus on the connections and distinctions between the rural landscapes of the Maryland countryside and the urban setting of Alexandria, Virginia, which face each other across the Potomac River. Over the centuries, these two areas have developed on independent courses, all the while maintaining strong links across the river. Agriculture, including the exploitation of enslaved labor, was the basis for life on both shores. While Maryland’s economy relied overwhelmingly on tobacco, Alexandria’s rise was tied to a diversification of crops, pursued by the early planters of northern Virginia. Tours will focus on evolving pre-and post-emancipation heritage, highlighting resources ranging over four centuries. They will also shine a spotlight on the distinct character of life on both sides of the river, while underscoring the architectural, economic, cultural, and religious connections that span it. 

Conference headquarters is the Crowne Plaza Old Town Hotel in Alexandria and for the keynote event we will travel by boat to George Washington's Mount Vernon

Registration is limited to members, but we'd love for you to be a member of VAF. VAF Memberships are more affordable than offering non-member pricing ($60 individual/$30 student) and benefits of membership include:

·         A subscription (paper and electronic via JSTOR) to the VAF journal, Buildings & Landscapes

·         Direct receipt of the quarterly Vernacular Architecture Newsletter

·         Registration discounts for the VAF annual conference and other sponsored events

·         Access to the VAF Member Forums

Please note three important points: 

Conference Hotel Rate of $145 is available until April 10.  Use the code RM2 

Maryland tours on Thursday are filled, so only a la carte registration is available for remaining activities.

The boat for the opening reception leaves at 5:00pm on Wednesday, so make your travel plans accordingly. Charter buses will transport at 6 for the opening keynote at Mount Vernon.

Contact Tom Reinhart, Conference Organizer, or Michelle Jones, VAF Conference Coordinator, with questions.

We look forward to seeing you on the banks of the Potomac!

Future Conferences

Landscapes of Succession
Philadelphia, PA
May 29 to June 1, 2019
Jillian Galle, Aaron Wunsch, Catherine Morrissey, Jeff Cohen, co-chairs

San Antonio, TX
May 6 to May 10, 2020

Recent Past Conferences

Each year in May or June, hundreds of VAF members assemble for our annual conference.  We spend at least two days touring the area to learn first-hand about its architectural and landscape heritage.  On Saturday, a juried paper session provides attendees a forum to share their scholarship and field work.  In addition, workshops, board and committee meetings, special events, and excursions create an enjoyable and memorable event. Heavily illustrated and details guide books and other publications from past conferences can be found here.

Past meetings have been held throughout North America.

For first-time paper presenters assistance may be available through Simpson Presenter's Fellowship

For student groups assistance to cover expenses of attending the conference is available through the Ambassadors Award

VAF 2017, Salt Lake City May 31 to June 3, 2017

 VAF 2016, Durham, North Carolina June 1-4, 2016

Out of the Loop

VAF 2015, Chicago, Illinois June 3-7, 2015


Down Jersey: From Bayshore to Seashore 

VAF 2014, Galloway Township, New Jersey May 7-10, 2014

The Ebb and Flow of Religion and Economy in Gaspe Cultural Landscapes

VAF 2013, Gaspé-Percé, Quebec, Canada, June 11-15, 2013

All Past Conferences

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