The Slave Quarters

at Carter's Grove

Virginia Plantation

The slave quarters included several of these one room homes. Within the circular fence, slaves might have small gardens and a few chickens. They were often not allowed to earn money by selling these vegetables or the eggs from their chickens.
About 600 slaves lived here at Carter's Grove when Robert Carter ran the plantation. The slaves helped him with his 60,000 acres of land. Many of his slaves lived in one room homes like this one.
Inside a one room home, there was little furniture. Beds were often a palette of hay with a blanket on top. A clothesline dried the few clothing items a slave was given.
The floor of the house was usually beaten earth. A fire warmed the room and heated the meals. Slaves usually had their own cooking utencils carved from wood and bowls made from gourds.
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