Lydia Mattice Brandt

Associate Professor

Lydia Mattice Brandt is an associate professor of art and architectural history at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Brandt has authored The South Carolina State House Grounds: A Guidebook (UofSC Press, 2021), First in the Homes of His Countrymen: George Washington’s Mount Vernon in the American Imagination (2016), and articles on American architecture in Winterthur Portfolio, The Public Historian, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (forthcoming 2021), and numerous book chapters. Her current research explores the southern plantation house in popular visual culture. She graduated from New York University and the University of Virginia.

Episode 8: Legacies

Dec. 20, 2021

Episode 8: "Legacies" Interpreting slavery at Mount Vernon was not part of the mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association when the organization purchased the estate in the mid-nineteenth century. Over time, however, inv…

Episode 7: Preserving

Dec. 20, 2021

Episode 7: “Preserving” Edmund Parker never knew George and Martha Washington, but he knew Mount Vernon and the Washington Family very well. Parker was one of the many enslaved people who labored on the plantation in the nin…