Category Archives: Slave Life at Oatlands

An occasional series on slave life at Oatlands.

Oatlands Guest Blogger on this past weekend’s flurry of events at Oatlands

Oatlands’ Board member, volunteer and enthusiastic supporter Doug Miller contributed this piece!  Thank you Doug! The Harvest Festival at Oatlands on Sunday, October 22 provided many reminders of what a vibrant and productive farm Oatlands used to be.  Visitors could … Continue reading

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Book Recommendation–The First Emancipator

Since we began this blog, our most asked questions have been about slave history at Oatlands.  I’ve just finished reading The First Emancipator by Andrew Levy and I have to recommend this book wholeheartedly.  This is the story of Robert Carter … Continue reading

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Billy, a Slave on the Run–An Oatlands story

As our research progresses here at Oatlands, we discover bits and pieces of lives.  Here’s one story we’ve recently unearthed.  Imagine what is left to be found! From the Alexandria Daily Gazette, February 8, 1809 Ten Dollars Reward. RAN AWAY … Continue reading

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