A Slave Village

A Slave Village (HM1HRM)

Location: Towson, MD 21286 Baltimore County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 25.236', W 76° 35.166'

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Slave/Workers Quarters, ca 1855

Hampton National Historic Site

To our eyes, the stone facades and decorative woodwork that adorn these buildings seem at odds with their use as slave quarters. But the entire farm site—based on a popular European architectural concept called ferme ornee (ornamental farm)—was intentionally designed to look like a picturesque village. Such ornamentation offered the Ridgelys a more pleasing view from the mansion. The living quarters were located in the center of the farm, in close proximity to places of work. Enslaved families were often large and the space was likely crowded. Most slaves had few personal possessions, and children likely slept on a straw mattress on the floor. After Emancipation those buildings housed tenant farmers.

(Inscription in the lower right) This photograph shows the quarters as they looked in 1897 when tenant farmers resided here. Ashes, used for making soap, were collected in the small stone house to the left. Some of the tenant farmers had been or were descended from slaves on the estate.

Historical PeriodWW II, 19th Century
Historical PlacePlantation, National Register of Historic Places, Mill
Marker TypeHistoric District
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 9:05am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363470 N 4364652
Decimal Degrees39.42060000, -76.58610000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 25.236', W 76° 35.166'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 25' 14.1600" N, 76° 35' 9.9600" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 604 Stone Barn Rd, Towson MD 21286, US
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