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Log House

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Early 19th century(?). 16501 Church St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Moved from a few blocks away and now behind the Jackson Building (Amelia County Historical Society), this is one of the earliest surviving log buildings in the area and was probably built as slave quarters. The building's plan indicates that it housed one slave family on either side of a shared central chimney. Each side has an outside batten door entering one small downstairs room, and a separate stairway in each section led to the sleeping loft within the structure's steep roof. By the nineteenth century, this inexpensive and cramped housing pattern was the one most commonly used for slaves.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Log House", [Amelia Court House, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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