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The Out Buildings

 

The Blacksmith Shop

The first building when you enter the property, the Blacksmith Shop was an integral part of the plantation until the end of its agricultural use. Because of the intense heat, it is built on a sandstone and brick foundation. It is believed that all of the original iron that remains on the property originated from the blacksmith shop. The shop houses two rooms, with separate entrances. The original gabled roof was replaced by the Engh family for aesthetic reasons.

 

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The Historic Slave Quarters

This is one of three buildings used to quarter the slaves who worked the land. In the last hundred years, two of the houses have been razed due to disrepair/lack of necessity. The standing building was originally subdivided into two quarters, and was transformed by the Engh family into a usable guest house with working kitchen and bath. The fireplaces are original, as are many of the pots and iron works in the building.

Click here to see a survey conducted as part of the Virginia Slave Housing Project.

 

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The Smokehouse

The Smokehouse, like the Blacksmith Shop, has an interior close to the original and because of its volatile use, is built upon a heavy brick foundation. The interior still contains charred timbers, meat essence, and the original hooks. Look closely and you'll see a great irony of the property. The hooks are made of tree branches rather that the traditional iron.

 

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