Ashland’s Slave Quarters

Excavations at the slave quarters have revealed that the structures were made of brick, and that at least some were whitewashed on the outside. They had windows with glass panes, and inside the walls were plastered, and floors were of wood. Since only rubble and not intact architectural remains were found, the exact dimensions remain a mystery. The artifacts found along with the building debris include a variety of typical domestic items such as: container glass and ceramics, buttons and other fasteners; and personal items such as children’s toys – marbles, doll parts, harmonica fragments are examples. Unusual items such as an ivory gaming piece, and dishes from sets that were probably also used in the main house were also found. Overall, the dishes from the slave quarters included much more redware and utilitarian vessels compared to the dishes from the main house, and suggest less complex table settings and menus.