Montpelier Station in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Madison Farm Complex
1760s - 1840s
1880s Log Home near Petersburg, Virginia
Houses for Montpelier field slave families would have looked much like the one above. Their homes were made of logs, with dirt floors, simple plank shutters to shut out the weather, and chimneys made of sticks and mud. The slaves built the homes themselves, receiving only nails and door hardware from the Madisons. The crude homes of the field slaves stand in marked contrast to the much better homes of the house slaves, which included glazed windows, wooden floors, and brick chimneys, and were built within sight of the Montpelier mansion.
Ceramics, Glass, and Personal Items Recovered from the Home of a Family of Field Slaves
Both field and house slaves obtained most of their household items from local
Location. 38° 13.019′ N, 78° 10.181′ W. Marker is in Montpelier Station, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Coney Island Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located along a service road on the Montpelier Estate, outside the visitor center. 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. The Quarters (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Garden (about 600 feet away); Homes for Enslaved Families (about 600 feet away); The Backyard (about 700 feet away); The Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Blacksmith Shop (approx. 0.2 miles away); The African American Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Slave Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Montpelier Station.
More about this marker. Illustrations on the marker include a photo of the farm area with an artist's
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