Antebellum (Temporal Keyword)

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Additional Slave Settlements at Cannon’s Point Plantation (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Nicholas Honerkamp. Lindsey Cochran.

This is an abstract from the "Archaeologies of Enslavement" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Thanks to a recent clear cutting approach to eliminating stands of pine-beetle-infested trees at Cannon’s Point Plantation, St. Simons Island, Georgia, an additional slave cabin settlement has been identified. A systematic survey was carried out at the site by the University of Tennessee during the summer of 2018, resulting in the recovery of domestic...

Analysis of an Unknown Component at 38CH2048, Johns Island, Charleston County, South Carolina (2016)
DOCUMENT Full-Text C Partridge. James Page. Jana Futch.

This paper addresses a possible Civil War era component at 38CH2048, Cane Slash Plantation.

Antebellum and Civil War Landscapes at Sherwood Forest Plantation (44ST615) (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Douglas W. Sanford. Lauren K. McMillan.

Sherwood Forest Plantation is located just outside Fredericksburg on the Northern Neck of Virginia. The late Antebellum plantation was home to not only the Fitzhugh family who owned the property, but also a large enslaved workforce; additionally, the manor house and the surrounding plantation core served as a hospital to Union troops in 1862-1863. Current research conducted by the University of Mary Washington, in conjunction with and support from Walton International Group, focuses on the...

Archaeological Data Recovery at Colleton River Plantation (38BU647) Beaufort County, South Carolina: A Study of an Early Nineteenth Century Slave Settlement (1994)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Christopher T. Espenshade. Linda Kennedy. Marian Roberts.

Data recovery investigations were conducted by Brockington and Associates, Inc., at 38BU647, Beaufort County, South Carolina. The investigations proceeded in two phases; Phase A was conducted during February 1993, and Phase C was conducted during April 1993. The work was conducted in compliance with state regulations regarding impact to cultural resources as a result of development activities along the coast of Beaufort County. Proposed construction activities at the Colleton River Development...

Archaeological Data Recovery Investigation of the Shade Tree Tract (38CH2048), Johns Island, Charleston County, South Carolina (2018)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Jana Futch. Carolyn Rock. Meagan Brady. C Partridge. Charles F. Philips. C.S. Butler.

The data recovery investigations at 38CH2048 detail a large sample of post-contact material recovered from the site, as well as hundreds of identified cultural features. The long occupation span of the site, from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, combined with the activities of generations of occupants has resulted in mixed contexts. While these mixed contexts obscure straightforward interpretations, the data recovered and analyzed during this Phase III project has contributed to our...

Archaeological Excavations for the Jenkins House Site (46CB41) 2002-2003
PROJECT US Army Corps of Engineers Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections, St. Louis District. William D. Updike. US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District.

USACE, Huntington District was tasked with fulfilling a congressional-authorized restoration of the Albert Gallatin Jenkins House Site (46CB41), located in Cabell County, West Virginia. USACE, Huntington District was responsible for determining the location of the outbuildings and if they could accurately be reconstructed. Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. (CRAI), headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, conducted archaeological testing and data recovery excavations for the presence, integrity, and...

Archaeological Investigation of the Brookgreen Plantation, South Carolina (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only David Palmer.

Brookgreen Plantation was one of the largest and most productive rice plantations in the United States prior to the Civil War. Owner Joshua John Ward held more than 1,000 Africans in slavery on this and his other plantations. The remains of Brookgreen Plantation are now a part of Brookgreen Gardens, an outdoor museum established in 1931 by Anna Hyatt Huntington.  Brookgreen Gardens is expanding its public interpretation of the historic plantations on its property, including the lives of enslaved...

An Archaeological Survey Report of the Proposed Alignments to Reconstruct Ky 11, Fleming County, Kentucky (1998)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Kurt H. Fiegel.

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Comparative Ceramics Analysis of Enslaved Contexts at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Caitlyn C Johnson.

Ceramics and socioeconomic analyses are useful tools for comparing market access, choice, and economic status between sites associated with enslaved people.  Located in Bedford County, Virginia, Poplar Forest plantation was home to enslaved peoples beginning with its establishment in the mid-18th century and continuing through multiple owners until emancipation.  Archaeology conducted since the 1990s has yielded substantial datasets for several different slave quarters on the property, which...

Data Recovery Investigation of Clay Hill Plantation (38DR375), Dorchester County, South Carolina (2018)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Brockington and Associates, Inc.. Dave Baluha.

Archaeological investigations at 38DR375-Locus 1 identified two distinct occupations: an early eighteenth- to mid-nineteenth-century occupation related to Clay Hill Plantation activities and a late nineteenth- to early twentieth-century tenant farm settlement. These investigations identified multiple activity areas, including six distinct structures (Structures 1-6), across 38DR375-Locus 1, all of which formed part of the former Clay Hill Plantation settlement. These structures include a privy...

Data Recovery Investigations at 38DR480 Laurel Hill Plantation: A Look at Settlement Indians of the Inland Lowcountry (2023)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Jeff Sherard. Ralph Bailey.

Brockington and Associates, Inc. conducted archaeological data recovery at Laurel Hill Plantation (Site 38DR480) in 2021 and early 2022. Brockington is supporting True Homes in the treatment of this and other cultural resources that are being managed through the OCRM CZC Certification for their Hwy 165 Clusters Corner project and Homecoming residential community. This site provides a rare glimpse into lives of a small group of Settlement Indians at Laurel Hill, a remote, inland rice plantation...

Enriching the Narrative: Slow Archaeology and the Interpretation of Life at Kingsley Plantation (2020)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Karen E. McIlvoy.

This is an abstract from the session entitled "Plantation Archaeology as Slow Archaeology" , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Kingsley Plantation holds a pioneering place in African Diaspora archaeology as the site where plantation slavery was first intentionally examined. However, initial excavations in the 1960s and 1980s were limited in scope and resulted in few meaningful interpretations of plantation life. In 2006, a team from the University of...

Finding Aid, Archaeological Excavations for the Jenkins House Site (46CB41) 2002-2003 (2017)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Joseph Alotto. Gregory Boster. Nickolas Gervasoni. Keith Giacobozzi. Guilliam Hurte. Sarah Swanson.

This collection is referred to as “Archaeological Excavations for the Jenkins House Site (46CB41) 2002-2003.” This name is consistent throughout the finding aid, the file folders, and the box labels. The extent of this collection is twenty six (26) linear inches. The documents date from 2002-2013. The investigation occurred in 2002, which explains the date in the investigation name. The range of dates includes analysis and report records. This collection was originally housed in acidic folders...

Historic Context for Historic Period Archaeological Sites on Virginia's Coastal Plain (Legacy 05-262)
PROJECT Uploaded by: Courtney Williams

This report synthesizes archaeological data from nineteenth and early twentieth-century sites that have been identified and/or studied in the Coastal Plain of Virginia. The document focuses on the Antebellum (1830-1860) and Postbellum (also known as Reconstruction and Growth) eras (1865-1917) because the associated sites are frequently difficult to evaluate since the significant research issues that are applicable have not been well-defined.

Historic Context for Historic Period Archaeological Sites on Virginia's Coastal Plain (Legacy 05-262) (2007)
DOCUMENT Full-Text James Rosenthal. Elizabeth Moore.

This report synthesizes archaeological data from nineteenth and early twentieth-century sites that have been identified and/or studied in the Coastal Plain of Virginia. The document focuses on the Antebellum (1830-1860) and Postbellum (also known as Reconstruction and Growth) eras (1865-1917) because the associated sites are frequently difficult to evaluate since the significant research issues that are applicable have not been well-defined.

Historical Archaeology of the Marsh Sugar Plantation, Avery Island, Louisiana (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only David T. Palmer.

The Marsh Plantation was a sugar plantation on Avery Island, Louisiana, established in 1818 by northeastern transplants John Marsh and William Stone. Enslaved and "indentured" African Americans were brought from New York and New Jersey by the partners to work the sugar fields and mill. Through two field seasons, we learned more about the lives of the enslaved and free people, as well as the early sugar industry in Louisiana. Issues of heritage tourism, namely, the elision of slavery and the...

"I Likewise Give To Indiana & Elizabeth The Following Slaves...": The Founding of Sweet Briar College and its Racially Charged History (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Lynn Rainville.

In 1858, a transplanted Vermonter, Elijah Fletcher, died in Amherst, Virginia, leaving his antebellum plantation and over 140 enslaved individuals to three of his children. His oldest daughter, Indiana Fletcher Williams, combined this inheritance with some of her own wealth and founded Sweet Briar College in 1900 through a directive in her will. In 2001, I began researching the descendants of the enslaved community, studying an on-campus slave cemetery, and designing brochures and exhibits to...

Identifying "Missing" Slave Cabins On Low Country Georgia Plantations (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Nicholas Honerkamp.

Historical archaeologists are familiar with the tensions that exist between documentary, oral history, and archaeological data. On many coastal Georgia plantations, a clear expression of such tension is seen in the documented presence of large slave populations that lived and worked on plantations and the typically miniscule  number of cabins in which the slaves presumably resided, as indicated by historic maps or from in situ structural remains. Typically this dramatic discrepancy is simply...

Industrial Community Organization in Antebellum West Florida (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Adrianne B Sams.

Antebellum industrialization in West Florida fostered diverse settlements associated with water-powered mill complexes. Abundant natural resources and desirable landscape characteristics provided an ideal setting for silvicultural pursuits as opposed to agrarian endeavors that relied heavily on suitable soils. Mill seats represent unique landscapes that differ from agrarian settings, affecting community organization for multi-ethnic, hierarchical populations. Arcadia Mill (1830-1855) developed...

Invisibility and Intersectionality: Seeking Free Black Women in Antebellum Kentucky (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only C. Broughton Anderson.

Investigation into the lifeways of freedman George White suggest a successful businessman with the means to purchase and keep approximately 300 acres, to purchase and emancipate his family, and to build a safe community for his family and other freed slaves in eastern Kentucky.  However, documentary research revealed only small fragments about the female members of his family. The women are, for the most part, invisible.  This paper uses intersectionality as a theoretical lens to explore the...

Just Another Brick in the Wall: Brick Looting in the Antebellum Lowcountry of South Carolina (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Kendy Altizer.

From the colonial period through the twentieth century, brick looting was a common occurrence in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Most accounts are related to the Revolutionary and Civil wars when brick was stolen from ruins or abandoned structures to repair damaged buildings or construct new ones. This study focuses on the built landscape of Peachtree Plantation in St. James Santee Parish, South Carolina. This 450-acre parcel contains the remnants of the second largest plantation house in the...

The Landscape through Nat Turner’s Eyes (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Garrett Fesler.

Landscape, to some degree, is in the eye of the beholder. In the late summer of 1831 in Southampton, Virginia, enslaved African Nat Turner led one of the largest slave revolts in U.S. history. Devoutly religious, Turner believed God summoned him to violently rise up against the white master class to end slavery. Where once Turner had gazed upon a bleak rural landscape of captivity—farms, fields, and woods, intersected by dirt roads and footpaths, as he led his insurrection, Turner saw the...

LiDAR, Historic Maps, Pedestrian Survey, and Shovel Tests: Defining Slave Independence on Sapelo Island, Georgia (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Lindsey Cochran. Nicholas Honerkamp. Cornelia Walker Bailey.

Slave cabins within two settlements at Bush Camp Field and Behavior on Sapelo Island, Georgia deviate from typical lowcountry Georgia architectural and landscape patterns. Rather than poured tabby duplexes arranged in a linear fashion, excavations in the 1990s by Ray Crook identified two wattle and tabby daub structures—both with slightly different architecture, and both built in an African creolized style. A 2016 University of Tennessee project attempted to locate additional slave cabins in...

Making Food, Making Middens, and Making Communities: Exploring the Effects of Cooking and Trash Disposal on a Virginia Plantation (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Matthew C. Greer. Scott Oliver.

This is an abstract from the "Archaeologies of Enslavement" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. Recent excavations at Belle Grove Plantation (Frederick County, Virginia) have identified what appears to be an outdoor cooking pit associated with one of the property’s early to mid-19th century slave quarters. While we do not know how long those enslaved at Belle Grove used this feature, eventually numerous large faunal elements (presumably the remains...

A Management Plan for Known and Potential United States Navy Shipwrecks in South Carolina - Report (Legacy 98-1725) (2004)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Joseph Beatty. Lynn Harris. Carleton Naylor. Mark Ragan.

This report builds on a multi-year effort to 1) compile historic and cultural data of U.S. Navy vessels lost in South Carolina waters to document the losses and subsequent wreck history of each vessel, which was used to update the Naval Historical Center's database of shipwrecks, and 2) conduct remote sensing operations on a limited number of shipwreck sites and areas of naval activities, primarily from the Civil War. A detailed inventory was produced, and the document includes a brief history...