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Overseer's quarters / Spinning house

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Overseer's quarters / Spinning house. Ten or more slaves were constantly employed spinning and knitting. The spinning equipment and fibers were stored in the spinning house, while the work of spinning took place in the homes of the slaves or in outside work yards. The fibers used were all produced on the estate and included large quantites of linen grown from flax, wool sheared from sheep, and smaller quantities of cotton.

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