Lewisfield Plantation

Lewisfield Plantation

Lewisfield Plantation, drawn by Joseph Purcell (1786), Berkeley County , South Carolina 


Pritchard, Margaret Beck. Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America. Williamsburg: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2002. 

Vlach, John Michael. Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation Slavery . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1993. 

Lewis, Kenneth. “Plantation Layout and Function in the South Carolina Lowcountry,” in The Archaeology of Slavery and Plantation Life 

"Richmond" overseer journal, 1859-1860, Charleston district. Microfilm 1705, ser. B, reel 7.

Scarborough, William Kaufman. The Overseer: Plantation Management in the Old South. Louisiana State University Press, 1966.

Upton, Dell. "White and Black Landscapes in Eighteenth-century Virginia," in Material Life in Early America, 1600-1860. Boston : Northeastern University Press, 1988. 

Vlach, John Michael. The Planter's Prospect: Privilege and Slavery in Plantation Paintings. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.


1. How might blacks and whites have experienced this property very differently? 

2. Much of the work on the southern plantation was managed by an overseer. Use the overseer's journal from the Richmond Plantation to discuss the life of an overseer. 

3. Besides the main house, what were the various buildings on this property and what might they have looked like?

4. What does this plan tell us about the agricultural processes of the late eighteenth-century Lowcountry plantation?

Lewisfield Plantation