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Montpelier Station in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Quarters

Discovering Madison

 
 
The Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
1. The Quarters Marker
Inscription. "The Negro habitations are separate from the dwelling house both here and all over Virginia, and they form a kind of village."
- Journal of Sir Augustus John Foster, 1807

The Quarters, a cluster of wooden buildings segregated from the main house, provided shelter for some of Montpelier's enslaved community. Accommodating both individuals and families, they were located near the workplace to assure efficient production. Within the harsh realities of slavery, the quarters became a kind of village where people developed strategies for coping with their living and working conditions, adapted to their master's requirements, and preserved their African heritage. The quarters also became an important crucible for emerging African American cultural traditions.
 
Erected by Montpelier Foundation. (Marker Number 17.)
 
Location. 38° 13.102′ N, 78° 10.146′ W. Marker is in Montpelier Station, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Montpelier Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the Montpelier Estate, west of the house. Marker is in this post office area: Montpelier Station VA 22957, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Homes for Enslaved Families (within
The Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 6, 2009
2. The Quarters Marker
shouting distance of this marker); The Backyard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Road (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Garden (about 400 feet away); Madison Farm Complex (about 500 feet away); The Blacksmith Shop (about 600 feet away); The African American Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Slave Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Montpelier Station.
 
Also see . . .  The Enslaved Community. Page from the Montpelier web site. (Submitted on November 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansAntebellum South, US
 
South Yard Slave Quarters image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. South Yard Slave Quarters
Looking over the area of the South Yard.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 501 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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