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Slavery at Rock Spring

Rock Spring Plantation was home to an extended community of enslaved men, women, and children, growing to a total of 88 enslaved individuals by 1863.

Life on the plantation

Rock Spring was a tobacco plantation where about 90 enslaved individuals lived and worked.

The enslaved community

Learn more about the people who lived and worked on the plantation.


Experts uncover details by examining documents, mapping the enslaved cemetery, and more.

Enslaved cemetery

Graves for enslaved men, women, and children are mostly marked with large field stones.


  • Descendants of Rock Spring Plantation's enslaved community talk about their families' histories.
  • The Rock Spring Plantation Descendant's Committee works to honor ancestors.
  • Geneology tips & tricks to help uncover your own family history.

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Slavery at Rock Spring

Research historian John Whitfield discusses the lives of the enslaved community at the former Rock Spring Plantation in Patrick County, now known as the Reynolds Homestead, in this video.