Near McConnells in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
A House of Untold Stories
Every brick in this building is a testament to the enslaved African Americans who once lived on this plantation. The 1860 census lists Harriet Bratton owning eighty slaves and twenty slave houses. Of those houses this cabin is the lone survivor. Built around 1828 it was one of about four brick quarters clustered around the plantation house. Building with brick was expensive, so most slaves lived in simple wood cabins. These brick cabins may have served to demonstrate the Bratton's wealth and status in the community.
Although it is uncertain who lived in this cabin, its proximity to the main house suggests that the inhabitants were slaves who worked in and around the house. Individuals who were skilled in trades such as blacksmithing and woodworking may have also lived in the brick cabins surrounding the Homestead. Despite better living conditions the occupants of these houses had virtually no rights, worked at the desire of their owners, and lived in conditions not of their own making.
1843 Slave Inventory
At the time of his death in 1843, Dr. Bratton owned 139 enslaved individuals. This made him one of the largest slave owners in York County.
Slave Cabin Artifacts
These artifacts - buttons, a glass bead, a comb and dish fragment uncovered during the excavation of a collapsed
Slave Made Brick
In addition to working in the fields, Bratton slaves also made bricks for use on the plantation. Found at Historic Brattonsville, this brick bears the fingerprints of its enslaved maker.
Location. 34° 51.852′ N, 81° 10.572′ W. Marker is near McConnells, South Carolina, in York County. Marker is on Brattonsville Road 0.1 miles north of Percival Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Connells SC 29726, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); Brattonsville (within shouting distance of this marker); Brick Kitchen (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Huck’s Defeat (about 500 feet away); Field of Huck's Defeat (about 500 feet away); William Bratton Plantation/Battle of Huck's Defeat (about 500 feet away); Backwoods Cabin (about 700 feet away); Bratton Home (about 800 feet away); Huck's Defeat (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bethesda Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McConnells.
More about this marker.
Regarding A House of Untold Stories. Despite being included within the boudaries of the Brattonsville Historic District, this slave cabin was not included in the building inventory.
Also see . . . Brattonsville Historic District. Brattonsville is a small but important area of York County significant for its architectural record of South Carolina development. (Submitted on January 10, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • African Americans • Antebellum South, US • Notable Buildings •
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