Dependence on Slave Labor

Dependence on Slave Labor (HM1C9K)

Location: Arlington, VA 22211 Arlington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 52.907', W 77° 4.368'

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Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Unlike the planters in the lower south, the Custis and Lee family grew mostly food crops on this 1,100 acre plantation as well as at two other sites. George Washington Park Custis limited the cultivation of cotton and tobacco because they were labor intensive and exhausted the soil.

Custis did not make enough money from his other crops to support large numbers of slaves, thus he was not as dependent on slave labor as others. It was his intent to free his slaves, which he did through his will five years after his death in 1857.

The other Custis-Lee plantations, White House, and Romancoke in the central tidewater of Virginia (almost 10,000 acres in total) generated most of the families' income.
HM NumberHM1C9K
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:23pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 320205 N 4305700
Decimal Degrees38.88178333, -77.07280000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 52.907', W 77° 4.368'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 52' 54.42" N, 77° 4' 22.08" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 232 Custis Walk, Arlington VA 22211, US
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