Plantation Homes

One of the products the slaves produced at Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, was bricks.

The Colonial-Revival plantation house, which was built in the early 20th century to replace the original wooden home, was built using bricks from the plantation.

Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

The plantation house is quite a contrast to the nine original slave cabins built in 1790. There were 40 slaves on the plantation and not all of them lived in the cabins. Only the slaves with important jobs or jobs with more responsibility had the luxury of living in a cabin. After slavery, the tiny cabins were occupied by sharecroppers well into the 20th century.

Slave Cabins at Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina
Slave Cabins at Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

The cabins and many homes in Charleston were also made using the bricks from this plantation.

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10 Responses to “Plantation Homes”

  1. Len Saltiel says:

    Really great series of images Anne. Great details and textures. Seems like the south is agreeing with you…
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    • Hi Len, yes the south is agreeing with me! I sure like the weather down here. November always sucks at home with that big grey cloud that comes and stays for a couple of months. Here it is all warm and sunny … Thank you very much for your comments.

  2. I can only imagine some of the stories, the ones told and the ones left untold. I really like the colours, the little details, and the textures of the bricks.
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    • Hi Henry, there was a black woman who came and told stories about her ancestors who were slaves at that plantation. It was really quite something. I know it is a part of american history, but for me it is so hard to imagine it is real. Thank you very much for your comments, I appreciate them.

  3. Marc Perkins says:

    I really love the second one – great framing with the tree, and gorgeous lines on the cabins.
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  4. Edith levy says:

    Wonderful shots Anne. I love al the details you’ve brought out.
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  5. Wow, Anne, what an amazing set. And the storyline that comes with it just adds so much depth to your post here today. Top drawer work!
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    • Thank you very much Toad. I actually thought of you when I was putting it together because it seemed like the type of thing you would write :) I always enjoy reading your stories behind the architecture.

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