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FOREST, Va.— Another link to the past is being restored at Thomas Jefferson’s Bedford County retreat.

Poplar Forest is replanting the home’s original landscape.

Archeologists have spent the last two years looking for evidence of trees and flowers that used to grow on the property.

New versions of the former plants are being installed, starting with a grove of paper mulberry trees that was replanted Tuesday.

Each is in the same location where Jefferson planted his own trees 200 years ago.

"We went through a very exacting process to finad exactly where he planted these trees, so that when we restore it we know it is exact locations and it is evocative of his design," said Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology and Landscapes at Poplar Forest.

The landscape restoration is being funded with help from the Garden Club of Virginia. (source)