2015-A1-CR, Final Report on Hurricane Sandy Clermont Slave Quarter Project

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2015-A1-CR, Final Report on Hurricane Sandy Clermont Slave Quarter Project

The Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grants for Historic Properties, administered  nationally by the U. S. Department of the Interior,  National Park Service, and in Virginia by the Department of Historic Resources, provided grant 2014-1450 VA 11 in the federal amount of $220,000 for the rehabilitation of the Clermont Slave Quarter built in 1823.  The report documents the work carried out primarily by HistoriCorps, an organization using and training volunteers, to repair this log and stone, 28’x41’ story-and-a-half building.  The building’s significance stems not only from having for over 40 years housed a portion of the men, women, and children enslaved at Clermont, but also that for another 100 years it continued to house agricultural laborers (primarily single men) paid in board, room, and wages, thus witnessing the transition from enslaved to paid labor and the concomitant social changes, from the Civil War to the mid-20th century.

Robert Stieg, author; © The Clermont Foundation; IS available for download for personal or classroom use; credit to: The Clermont Foundation.