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Blacksmith Shop

A blacksmith shop was built on at Monticello about 1793. Here Jefferson's slaves Little George, Moses, and Joe Fossett shoed horses, repaired the metal parts of plows and hoes, replaced gun parts, and made the iron portions of the carriages that Jefferson designed. Neighboring farmers brought work to the shop as well, and the slave blacksmiths were given a percentage of the profits of their labor.

Isaac Granger Jefferson

Isaac Granger Jefferson  (1775-c.1850) [1] was a tinsmith and blacksmith. His brief memoir, written down by an interviewer in 1847, provides important, fascinating information about Monticello and its people. Isaac was the third son of two very important members of the Monticello slave labor force.

Brown Colbert

Brown Colbert, a nailer, was the son of Betty Brown and the grandson of Elizabeth Hemings.  In August 1801, Jefferson recorded his name as one of those inoculated against smallpox.  Nearly two years later he was brutally attacked in the nailery by Cary, a fellow teenaged nailer, who was punished and sold

Joseph Fossett

Joseph Fossett was the son of Mary Hemings, Elizabeth Hemings’s oldest child.  In 1794, Fossett was one of the more efficient of the nine nailboys working in the new nailery on Mulberry Row.  He also worked in the main house, where he made fires, carried firewood and water, ran errands, or waited at table.  While a part-time nailer , he learned the blacksmithing trade

George Granger, Sr.

After purchasing his wife Ursula and their sons George and Bagwell, Jefferson bought George Granger, Sr.

George Granger, Jr.

George Granger, Jr., an enslaved blacksmith, worked in the smith’s shop and supervised the nailery.