About The Project

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About The Project

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Our project seeks to compile information on the domestic architecture of slavery in Virginia. We gather information from archaeological sites, period documents such as census and tax records, and surviving buildings in rural and urban settings. Beyond facilitating scholarly research, we encourage public awareness and preservation of slave-related buildings, many of which are in danger of being lost due to neglect or purposeful demolition. Read our article, linked below, entitled Measuring Social, Spatial, and Temporal Dimensions of Virginia Slave Housing, published in the Vernacular Architecture Newsletter (Number 122, Winter 2009) for a summary of the project and its results.

Measuring Social, Spatial, and Temporal Dimensions of Virginia Slave Housing

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Anna Lawson

February 16, 2016 at 11:06 am

I hope you have gotten word of Botetourt County’s immanent moving of Greenfield Plantation’s early 19th- century slave buildings and leveling of the site for construction of a 100,000 “shell” building, on spec. Dept of Hudtoric Resources, a law suit by slave descendant against the county, pleas and protests, can’t seem to stop this. Ideas?
Anna Lawson, Friends of Greenfield Preston Plantation
UVA anthropology, 1995

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