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Mount Vernon

Shoemaker's shop

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Shoemaker's shop, located on the north side of the Greenhouse, to the left of the slave quarters. The shoemaker played a critical role on the plantation by maintaining the workers' shoes. If sound shoes were not available in cold months, labor would be lost. Footwear was often purchased from outside manufacturers. However, only one pair of shoes was issued annually to each slave, so the shoemaker kept busy throughout the year performing repairs. The shoemaker, who might have been a hired white artisan or a slave trained on the plantation, also worked on saddles and other leather goods.

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