A Busy Place

A Busy Place (HM24FR)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 19.178', W 77° 43.894'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

You are now standing in what was commonly referred to as "the yard," that part of the plantation where many of the slaves lived and did their daily chores. Depending on the time of year, you might have seen slaves here boiling soiled laundry in a kettle, chopping wood, or carrying food from the kitchen to the main house.

After sunset, with the day's work done, the yard became a different place. Weary slaves trudged home from the fields to have dinner with their families. As night deepened, the sounds of laughter, song, weeping, or shouts of anger might be heard through the dimly lit openings of the workers' humble dwellings.

As hours passed, the sound of human activity trailed off into silence, and as the firs glimmer of sunlight illuminated the eastern horizon, inhabitants here emerged to resume their labors. Another day was at hand.

Archaeological and documentary evidence reveals the "yard" at Ellwood included the buildings shown here.
HM NumberHM24FR
Placed ByFredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261199 N 4244811
Decimal Degrees38.31963333, -77.73156667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.178', W 77° 43.894'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 10.68" N, 77° 43' 53.64" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 36420-36498 VA-20, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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