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Bill and Nancy Smith Family
Travels and Holidays

Colonial Maryland Plantation, August 2001

This web site will both chronicle (very briefly) our recent visit to Maryland and provide some useful background material (via hyperlinks to additional information) for better understanding of the ancestoral heritage of the Kinnick line (Bill's mother's father's line) in colonial times.


Tenant home

Master's home

Garden and animals

Ancestoral implications

As we walked through the garden, the young man told us of how his mother used herbs fromthe garden for medicinal purposes as well as for food use. The vegatables were planted to come mature at different times to provide useful food throughout the year. The mother and daughters worked the garden:

My photo of garden:

The tobacco barn is on the far side of the garden.
This is where the tobacco dries after it is harvested in the fall.

To the right, there was a small chicken yard.

Beyond the tobacco barn, there is a space for the cows to graze.
This is probably land that was in tobacco at one. Tobacco saps the nutrients from the land.
Farmers on the plantation must constantly open new land for tobacco, and let old land rebuild.

The fences generally protect the crops and keep animals out.
Acts of the Assembly set the requirements for height and repair of the fences,
among many other - such as size of the hogshead used to store and ship tobacco.

Pigs are allowed to run loose. They want them (as well as the cows) to find their own food.
The family and servants are very busy working to raise the tobacco cash crop
and the corn and garden for food for everyone...not to raise food for the animals.

What an intro to my ancestoral implications!!



Page created 9 Aug 2001, last updated 18 Aug 2001.
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