This cabin, located directly behind Sweet Briar House and adjacent to the Sweet Briar Museum, is the only extant architectural remnant of the enslaved African-American community, which numbered about 100 souls in the 1860s, at the Sweet Briar estate. It is one of only a few such structures still standing in the region. After emancipation, some African-American families stayed nearby and continued to work at Sweet Briar as paid laborers. This was true of Indiana Fletcher Williams' trusted employee (and her daughter Daisy's beloved companion), Martha Penn Taylor.
In recent years the College has made special efforts to honor the significant contributions of the Sweet Briar community's African-American members, such as: clearing brush from and re-dedicating burial grounds; acknowledging their lives and work in Founders' Day and Homecoming events; installing educational markers; welcoming family reunions to campus; and incorporating their story into the history and curriculum of the College.
During the 2012-2013 academic year the cabin will be open to visitors mid-week (weather permitting). For exact hours and dates please send an inquiry to: Dr. Lynn Rainville, Director, Tusculum Institute, (434) 381-6432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.