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Java Plantation Life

Life on the Quarter

 
 
Java Plantation Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. Java Plantation Life Marker
Inscription.  While the plantation owner’s house was situated on a hill, African American slaves had to live in less desirable surroundings. Slave quarters were built in low, marshy area near the water. Mosquitoes and damp living conditions were a constant problem.

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

Java Plantation Life Marker affixed to the Tobacco Barn image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. Java Plantation Life Marker affixed to the Tobacco Barn
Environmental Research Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Edgewater MD 21037, 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. 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.
 
Categories. African AmericansAgricultureColonial Era
 
Java Plantation Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. Java Plantation Life Marker
Five Generations of an African American Family, 1862 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. Five Generations of an African American Family, 1862
by Timothy O'Sullivan.
A Maryland Slave Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 1, 2018
5. A Maryland Slave Cabin
Photograph by Carroll Hughes.
Close-up of photo on marker
Interior image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 1, 2018
6. Interior
Illustration by Tim Kestel.
Close-up of image on marker
 

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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.
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