Southern Hospitality: An examination of plantation feasting

Author(s): Christine Heacock

Year: 2014


Plantation owners during the 18th to mid-19th century were known for lavish dinners and generous hospitality towards other elite families. Depending on one’s success and reputation, planters varied in the expectations placed upon them regarding food consumed, ceramics used, and alcoholic beverages offered. These meals are perhaps more appropriately examined as feasts aimed at serving a variety of purposes for hosts. This paper is a preliminary comparative analysis of planters’ feasting activities utilizing archaeological markers that have been redefined and adapted for historical contexts.

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Southern Hospitality: An examination of plantation feasting. Christine Heacock. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437133)

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PaperId(s): SYM-59,08