Hermitage Slave Quarters

Summary

Enslaved African Americans built and lived in these brick quarters on the Hermitage Plantation, located just north of the city of Savannah in a rice-growing region. Owned by Henry McAlpin, in 1850 this prosperous plantation had 200 enslaved workers who lived in about 50 similar buildings. These enslaved workers cultivated rice, and also manufactured bricks, rice barrels, cast iron products, and lumber.

Enslaved African Americans built and lived in these brick quarters on the Hermitage Plantation, located just north of the city of Savannah in a rice-growing region. Owned by Henry McAlpin, in 1850 this prosperous plantation had 200 enslaved workers who lived in about 50 similar buildings. These enslaved workers cultivated rice, and also manufactured bricks, rice barrels, cast iron products, and lumber.

Artifact

Cabin (House)

Date Made

circa 1820

Subject Date

circa 1820

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States, Georgia, Chatham county 

Creator Notes

Originally built, circa 1820, on Henry McAlpin's Plantation near Savannah, Georgia.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Porches and Parlors District

Object ID

34.779.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Brick (Clay product)
Pine (Wood)
Cedar (Wood)

Technique

Building construction

Dimensions

Height: 12 ft

Width: 16.2 ft

Length: 16.2 ft

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