Monthly Archives: August 2010

Well, here’s a mystery…send us your guesses!

It was a typical day at Oatlands: sunny, warm, tours every hour… but somewhere in between the 3pm and 4pm tour… this appeared. Right there on one of the armchairs in the Library was a small pile of sand. Had … Continue reading

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George Carter, the slave owner

The easiest place to start when researching the slave history of Oatlands is, of course, with the slave owner himself. So that’s where we started. George Carter came to the Oatlands property in 1798, and by 1800 had 10 slaves … Continue reading

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You Asked, We Answered

One of the most common questions asked at Oatlands is ‘where were/are the slave quarters?’ The short answer: we don’t know. We do know that there were quarters, accounts differ on whether they were brick or stone, and we have … Continue reading

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200 years old and looking spiffy

Oatlands’ greenhouse was built in 1810 using state of the art technology.  It was built with a glass roof and partial glass wall on the south-facing side to capture the heat of the sun.  The north side is brick and was built into … Continue reading

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Built to last of organic materials

We had an expert here at Oatlands today to examine our 1821 brick bank barn and stone ice house, along with the area around it, for toxic or dangerous chemicals.  She was looking in particular for asbestos, lead paint, buried … Continue reading

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Unexplained activity at Oatlands–hauntings or just weird old building noises?

Oatlands has had unexplained activity for years…doors that close and lock on their own, items that move around the rooms, strange vibrations, and noises.  Paranormal researchers have made several overnight stays in the house with recording equipment to track the … Continue reading

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