Sudley in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Busy Part of the Plantation
The empty yard that you see in front of you would once have been bustling with activity. This area of the plantation, called the kitchen yard, was used for food preparation primarily for the Chinn family.
The small building to the left of the kitchen garden is the dairy. The dairy is a cool building where butter and cream were made. Milk was left in the dairy in pans until cream rose to the top. The cream was then churned into butter with either a hand butter churn or a crank butter churn. The butter would be stored there until it was needed.
The small building immediately to the to the right of the dairy right of the dairy is the smokehouse. Outside dozens of hogs would be slaughtered for the up-coming year and the meat would be covered in salt and smoked over a smoldering fire to cure. The meat would then hang from the rafters until it was needed.
A Long Day in the Kitchen
The outline that you see in front of you marks the location of the Antebellum or pre-Civil War Kitchen. Inside an enslaved cook prepared the meals for the white family.
Food prepared in the kitchen would be removed to the warming kitchen in the basement of the house where it was kept warm until needed.
Erected by Prince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Women.
Location. 38° 47.333′ N, 77° 30.361′ W. Marker is in Sudley, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Manor Drive, 0.1 miles east of Copeland Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10321 Sudley Manor Dr, Manassas VA 20109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ben Lomond Manor House (a few steps from this marker); Jackson’s Route (within shouting distance of this marker); Ben Lomond (within shouting distance of this marker); A Historic Place / Ben Lomond Old Rose GardenSlave Quarter (within shouting distance of this marker); Ben Lomond Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Headwaters to Baywaters (approx. 0.9 miles away); Civil War Winter Quarters (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sudley.
More about this marker.
Photograph by L.D. Andrew, 1936, from a vintage photograph taken ca. 1880
(Right) A model of the kitchen, which measures 19 feet across the 19 feet high.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.