Pictured above is the last remaining building that housed enslaved people at Waveland–the so-called “slave quarters.” Waveland Plantation is just south of Lexington, Kentucky, as you head towards Nicholasville. There were several buildings that housed the 60+ enslaved people at Waveland; this one survived because it was constructed of brick, while the others were of wood. It’s located directly behind the mansion–basically in what you would think of as its “backyard.”
The kitchen on the ground floor was where food was prepared for the Bryan family in the big house. It also served as an all-purpose work space.
Living quarters were upstairs.
I’ve written about Lexington and Kentucky’s history of slavery in several other posts:
- Constantly Startled by Southern History
- Lexington: Robards’ Slave Headquarters
- “She will not be sold to go out of the county….”