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Captain’s House

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c. 1725–1750. Bruffs Island Rd.
  • (Photograph by James A. Jacobs)
  • (Photograph by E.H. Pickering)
  • (Photograph by E.H. Pickering)

The “Captain’s House” is the oldest extant building at Wye. Once thought to be a seventeenth-century remnant, experts now believe it was constructed during the second quarter of the eighteenth century, most likely as a kitchen dependency for the original Lloyd house. The building later functioned as an overseer’s dwelling. Frederick Douglass, who was a slave of the Lloyd family’s plantation manager and overseer, lived in the small, one-story kitchen wing of the Captain’s House while enslaved at Wye in the mid-1820s.

Writing Credits

James A. Jacobs
Lisa P. Davidson
Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1725


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James A. Jacobs, "Captain’s House", [Easton, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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