Photographs by the Virginia Slave Housing Project. 2016 © Virginia Slave Housing Project.
The Virginia Slave Housing Project seeks to compile information on the domestic architecture of slavery in Virginia. It gathers information from archaeological sites, period documents such as census and tax records, and surviving buildings in rural and urban settings. Beyond facilitating scholarly research, it encourages public awareness and preservation of slave-related buildings, many of which are in danger of being lost due to neglect or purposeful demolition.
Information has been gathered on more than 900 structures and dendrochronology has been carried out on 8 extant slave houses. A detailed report, "Measuring the Social, Spatial, and Temporal Dimensions of Virginia Slave Housing," and the data collected from the project are available to the public through a website hosted by the Center for Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington.