l. storehouse for iron

This animation shows the construction of a metals workshop and the forge, anvil, and nailrod needed to run a small nailery. Rendering by Earl Mark.

<strong>l. storehouse for iron</strong>, aerial view of excavation.

Workshop for tinsmithing and nail-making, and living quarters for enslaved workers
ca. 1790–ca. 1830

Built around 1793, this 16 x 10.5-foot log structure was primarily “used as a storehouse for nailrod & other iron.”  For a brief period in the 1790s, it was the site of a tinsmithing operation containing an anvil and forge.  Isaac Granger Jefferson, trained by a Philadelphia tinsmith, recalled that he “carried on the tin business two years” before it failed.  Archaeological evidence suggests that this structure also functioned as a small-scale nail-making operation and as living quarters for enslaved workers after the War of 1812.

Enslaved tinsmith:

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