Tagged with 'nailery'


In 1794 Jefferson added a nailmaking operation to his blacksmith shop on Mulberry Row at Monticello. He hoped it would provide a source of cash income while he restored the depleted soil of his farms. Nail rod was shipped from Philadelphia and hammered into nails ranging in size from six-pennies to twenty-pennies.

The Hubbard Brothers

Though their family lived at Jefferson’s Poplar Forest plantation, brothers James and Philip Hubbard were brought to Monticello in their early teens to work in the nailery. In later years, both were runaways, but for different reasons.

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

Griffin Discovery Room

A hands-on activity center for children Monticello visitors—especially those ages 6 to 12—can literally get in touch with American history in the Griffin Discovery Room through hands-on activities.