Life on the Plantation

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Life on the Plantation




The following collection of photographs were taken from the slave cabin at the Underground Railroad Museum. Visitors are taken back to the era of slavery in American when they walk into this slave cabin.


Underground Railroad Museum


Director Kristina Estle

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The slaves would have used these types of tools. The number one type of production in the South was cotton production, following in second would have been tobacco production.

Wagon Wheel
Though most production was done by hand, horse-drawn wagons would have been the main type of transportation. The horse and buggy had many uses on the plantation, especially with farming duties.

Tools 2
Tools such as these were similar to those on the plantation.

Dining in the Slave Cabin
Slaves' meals were much simpler and less plentiful than the master of the plantation and his family. Some slaves had the option to tend to their own garden, and some even caught their own meat to provide meals for their families.

Wood stove
Most slave cabins consisted of fireplaces, but some were fortunate to have wood stoves. They could serve multiple purposes; they would heat the one-room cabin, some were flat on top so that cooking could be done on the top. In this picture, an iron…

Slave Household Items
This picture depicts what items you may find in a slave cabin.

Horse Reins
These old horse reigns would have been used on horses. Horses were not only used as farm animals, but they were a mode of transportation. They could have been used to pull a buggy or wagon, or they could have been ridden with or without a saddle.

This is an antique washboard. During this time, washing of clothes was done by hand. Slaves would have washed their master and his family's clothes and their own by hand and hung the clothes on a clothesline outside to dry.
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