African-American life in rural South Carolina
1840s to 1950s
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the hewn-timber cabins!
The hewn-timber cabins, ca.
1836, were built as sleeping quarters for
African-Americans who worked the land. The cabins were constructed by
slaves to house slaves.
The construction of the cabins, especially the full dovetailed corners,
shows that the builders
were very skilled craftsmen who
took pride in their work. These homes are a
representation of South Carolina history in its truest form and are on the National
of Historic Places.
Copyright Amelia Wallace Vernon. All rights reserved, 1998. Revised, 2010.