Java Plantation Life
Life on the Quarter
The quarters usually were one or two room houses built of wood and mud with dirt floors. Fireplaces and chimneys, if present, were also made from mud and sticks. Glass was expensive and difficult to get, so there were no windows.
Houses were crowded; space was at a premium. Children slept on boards that leaned against the wall or fireplace. Can you imagine sleeping like that? African Americans had to make their own furniture and utensils. Although the plantation owner supplied the slaves with a basic diet of corn and porK, most slaves added extra foods by gardening, fishing, or trapping.
Location. 38° 53.355′ N, 76° 32.929′ W. Marker is in Edgewater, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Dock Road. The marker is affixed to the wall of the Java Farm Tobacco Barn. It is on the grounds of the Smithsonian
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Java Plantation Life (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Java Plantation Life (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Java Plantation Life (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Java Plantation Life (a few steps from this marker); Prized Property (approx. 0.2 miles away); Indians of the Chesapeake (approx. 0.3 miles away); Java History Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Old South River Club (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edgewater.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 16, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 7, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.