Hello! It’s May and it’s Preservation Month.  The Slave Dwelling Project will commemorate the month in a big way.  While spending nights in extant slave dwellings in many states across this nation continues to be fun, engaging and educational, the preservation of these dwellings is still the ultimate goal. The month of May will be highly concentrated with overnight stays.

Slave Cabins at Magnolia Plantation, Derry, Louisiana

Slave Cabins at Magnolia Plantation, Derry, Louisiana

The bureaucracy is finally broken.  The first overnight stay at a National Park Service site will occur at Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Derry, Louisiana.  This event will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Red River Campaign and will include an academic Civil War roundtable.

The Slave Dwelling Project will be the focus of a visit to McCollum Farm in Madison, NC.  This stay will include a history fair at the local high school, on-site cooking, conversation around a campfire and a Slave Dwelling Project presentation at the local museum.

Virginia, heavily rooted in the institution of slavery, has two overnight stays to date, Bacons Castle in Surry and Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar.  Preservation month will add three with Ben Lomond and Clover Hill both in Manassas and the Lee-Fendall House in Alexandria.

Ben Lomond, Manassas, VA

Ben Lomond, Manassas, VA

Belle Meade Plantation, Nashville, TN

Belle Meade Plantation, Nashville, TN

Currently, twelve states comprise the list of overnight stays but there are still states that are blatantly missing. This preservation month, the state of Tennessee will become the thirteenth and come in strong with stays at Clover Bottom Plantation, Belle Meade Plantation and The Hermitage all in Nashville.

Three local repeat stays will occur this month; Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC; Hopsewee Plantation, Georgetown County, SC; and the Old Charleston Jail, Charleston, SC.  The amazing thing about these repeat stays is that I will be joined by high school students, their teacher and chaperones from Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Old Charleston Jail, Charleston, SC

Old Charleston Jail, Charleston, SC

Often, in being an advocate for extant slave dwellings, I have to address assembled audiences.  A coup for the project this month is that I will address a Camp of The Sons of Confederate Veterans about the Slave Dwelling Project.  Yes, staying in slave cabins gets the point across about the necessity for their preservation but addressing this group about the subject matter will certainly speak volumes.

The invitation for anyone wanting to join me in any of these stays is always open.

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The Slave Dwelling Project, Preservation Month 2014

Magnolia Plantation, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Derry, LA, Fri., May 2

McCollum Farm                                                Madison, NC                         Fri., May 9

Clover Hill                                                          Manassas, VA                        Thur., May 15

Ben Lomond                                                      Manassas, VA                        Fri., May 16

Lee-Fendall House                                           Alexandria, VA                     Sat., May 17

Sons of Confederate Veterans                        Charleston, SC                       Tues., May 20

Clover Bottom                                                   Nashville, TN                         Thur., May 22

The Hermitage                                                  Nashville, TN                         Fri., May 23

Belle Meade                                                       Nashville, TN                         Sat., May 24

Old Charleston Jail                                          Charleston, SC                       Wed., May 28

Hopsewee Plantation                                      Georgetown County, SC        Thur., May 29

Magnolia Plantation                                        Charleston, SC                       Fri. May 30

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