Every Nook and Cranny: Short-term Residences For Enslaved Laborers

Author(s): Mark A Trickett

Year: 2015


From the timber-framed homes in the South Yard for domestic servants to the log cabins of the Stable and Field Slave Quarters, the housing for the enslaved community at Montpelier mirrored that found on many plantations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Recent excavations at an agricultural structure--the Tobacco Barn--produced a domestic assemblage that suggests the co-option of work structures for temporary worker housing. This paper explores the evidence for variable-duration housing at Montpelier by comparing the quantity and diversity of the recovered assemblage between sites at James Madison’s Montpelier and those of other plantations in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Every Nook and Cranny: Short-term Residences For Enslaved Laborers. Mark A Trickett. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433787)


Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 560