MDAH uses high-tech tools to plan for future of Historic Jefferson College

Source: Natchez Democrat

Since closing the property to daily visitors in July, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History has started to prepare for the future redevelopment of the state landmark.

The property is currently accessible to visitors by appointment only and at special events, such as the upcoming Black and Blue Civil War Living History program on Oct. 26.

“We are working towards doing restoration and renovation projects at the site,” MDAH Director of Historic Preservation Marlin King said.

Earlier this week, laser scans and drone photographs were taken of the entire property to have a record of the existing structures and their conditions on the site, King said

Texas A&M professor of architecture Brent Fortenberry spent three-days last week using a 3-D scanner to take highly detailed scans of the buildings.

King said the three-dimensional images could get within 1/8-inch accuracy from 300 feet.

“From the length of a football field,” King said.


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