Original Author: Virtual Curation Lab
Created: 2017

Stone Pipe

This pipe made of schist, a common local rock, was uncovered during an archaeological dig at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest in Bedford County. Archaeologists found the pipe in an area where enslaved workers lived from about 1790 until 1812. The discovery of similar stone pipes in other African American sites in central Virginia may indicate social or familial ties between the enslaved communities at Poplar Forest and other locations.