The Sweet Briar Slave Cabin has a fascinating and unusual backstory. It has been in continuous use for about 170 years. It was built around the 1840s and lived in by enslaved laborers on the Sweet Briar Plantation. After emancipation the cabin was probably used by post-bellum servants. When Sweet Briar College was founded in 1900, the cabin was used by a variety of departments. Its uses included the Alumnae Office, a theater classroom, a coffee shop, and a farm tool equipment museum. This Fall the cabin will be open for self-guided tours on a variety of days (please see the schedule below). If you have questions or any additional information about the history of the cabin, please email Dr. Lynn Rainville (lrainville -at- sbc -dot- edu).
|An early photograph of the cabin, c. 1911.|
|Directions to the Cabin. Parking is available ("P's" indicated limited parking, the large lot has plenty of spaces. You can drive as far as the orange line, the blue line indicates the short walk to the cabin from the road. Click here for a map of campus.|
|CABIN SCHEDULE FOR January 28th - April 30th, 2013
(in freezing conditions, the cabin will be closed)
|Tuesday, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Noon - 1 p.m. Sundays, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.|