Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Wilkerson, Wayne

Committee Member

Seymour, Michael

Committee Member

Cottrell, Stephen

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture


This thesis explores the Natchez Trace Parkway using the method of repeat photography to determine whether or not the design intent of the Trace has changed since its beginning. Based upon fifteen matched pairs of photographs, which are evaluated based on a content analysis matrix, the original design intent, recent design guidelines, and planned land use maps, the degree of change that has occurred along the Trace is measured. Time has wrought inevitable change along the Trace. The changes that have occurred indicate a further effort to preserve the original design intent of the Trace rather than a shifting of the design intent. No change in design intent is evident in the matched pairs of photographs.