Original Author: Virtual Curation Lab
Created: 2017
Medium: Wrought iron hoe

Farm Implement Used by an Enslaved Individual

This wrought iron hoe was uncovered in a garden behind a former quarter for enslaved workers at Chippokes Plantation in Surry County. Based on the location of where it was found, this hoe was likely used by an enslaved individual tending a personal or family garden. Established in 1617 by Captain William Powell of the Jamestown settlement, Chippokes is one of the oldest plantations in the nation.