Abram's Garden [ View Interactive Version ]
Abram, or Abraham, was a slave who worked as a carpenter at Monticello. Jefferson identified this area as "Abram's Garden" on a survey of the fields at Tufton and referred to it as "Abr.'s (Ned's) garden" in a set of survey notes from 1796. It is not known whether this was Abraham's own garden, to cultivate in his free time, or a garden to provide vegetables to the slaves at Tufton, where he worked during the week. From record accounts it appears that many of Jefferson's slaves tended personal gardens to supplement their diets or to provide extra income by selling the produce. Jefferson, like many plantation owners, benefited from this practice. In their account books for Monticello, he and his granddaughter recorded purchases of produce from as many as forty-three different slaves over the years.