Charlottesville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
—Thomas Jeﬀerson's Monticello —
Every article is made on his farm; his negroes are cabinet makers, carpenters, masons, bricklayers, smith, etc.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld Liancourt, 1796
You are standing on Mulberry Row, a road once lined with more than 20 dwellings, workshops, and sheds. It was the constantly-changing hub of the entire 5,000-acre plantation. Here, enslaved people, indentured servants, free blacks, and free white workmen lived and worked as weavers, spinners, blacksmiths, tinsmiths, nail-makers, carpenters, joiners, gardeners, stablemen, and domestic servants. Elsewhere on the plantation, enslaved workers cultivated crops and tended livestock, drove carts and felled timber, and built fences and farm buildings.
While the remains of only four original structures survive, Mulberry Row suggests the complexity of slavery and labor at Monticello. As you walk along this road, imagine the sights and sounds of 200 years ago-the small log, frame, or stone dwellings and workshops; the smell of wood and charcoal smoke; the sounds of hammers and saws, carts carrying firewood, chickens and barking dogs, and the conversations of scores of people.
Location. 38° 0.583′ N, 78° 27.124′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker can Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of Monticello and there is an entrance fee to see the house and gardens. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22902, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Textiles (within shouting distance of this marker); Smokehouse/Dairy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Levy Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Mulberry Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Discovering Mulberry Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Slave Housing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ice House (about 400 feet away); Nail-Making (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlottesville.
Also see . . . Mulberry Row at Monticello - Landscape of Slavery panel series. This is marker #01 (titled "Introduction") in the "Mulberry Row at Monticello - Landscape of Slavery" panel series. (Submitted on December 2, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
Categories. • African Americans • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2. submitted on , by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on December 2, 2016.