Site of Blacksmith Shop/Nailery

Blacksmith's Shop - Building d View Interactive Version ]

A blacksmith shop was built here about 1793. Here Isaac Jefferson, Smith George, Moses Hern, and Joseph Fossett shoed horses; repaired plows, hoes, and gun parts; and made the iron portions of the carriages Jefferson designed. Neighboring farmers also brought work to the shop; the blacksmiths received a small percentage of the profits. In 1794 Jefferson added a nailmaking operation, with as many as 14 male slaves, ages 10 to 16, hammering nail rod into nails.

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