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This page is intended as a sampler for historical reference, about past residents and events within what is today the Green Springs National Historic Landmark District in Louisa County, not a comprehensive, historical overview nor a listing of all relevant websites and primary or secondary historical sources for the Landmark District. Not implied below is the presence or absence of an NPS-held conservation easement there, nor any specific, easement stipulations or management considerations. See the Maps page for introductory guidance regarding easements.

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Slavery, Slave Places, and Freedom Places

 
 

The Slave Houses at Green Springs, Virginia

The hills, the round-capped hills of sea-green hay
And the gabled farm houses with curving cedar-lined drives--
They are here. St. John’s Chapel with stained glass, ginger
lace eaves and trumpet vine wound
Around its fence seems ephemeral. But it is still here.

The Green Springs Spa has dried up, but the deep
Wood of oak, ivy, jewelweed in the marshes,
The one lane bridge on the gravel road through
Groves of Osage orange, and bordering the fields,
The Queen Anne’s lace, they are all still here as it was.

Ionia, Sylvania, and Prospect Hill, the handsome
Manor houses are marked by Eighteenth century
Charm. With chimneys Georgian balanced, they stand
On their lawns like monuments. In the sky,
Fair-weather cumulus.

And the slave houses are here, too, in all
This charm that could not have been
Without slaves. At Noland’s you see them,
One-windowed shanties, painted now, the slaves
Gone. But not gone far.

"Slave Houses at Green Springs, VA." Atlanta Magazine. May 2004, p. 96.
Reprinted in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V:
Georgia. William Wright, ed. Texas Review Press, Sam Houston State
University, Huntsville, TX. December 2012.

Last updated: May 31, 2022

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