Trades and Skills

People practicing a variety of trade and skills lived and worked at Monticello.[1]  A listing of these trades appears below.

Note: All involve both free (F) and enslaved (S) workers, unless otherwise noted.

Agriculture and Horticulture

Plowing (S)
Gardener
Shepherd (S)
Miller
Engrafter (F)
Overseer

Wood trades

Charcoalburner
Saywer
Carpenter
Joiner
Cabinetmaker
Wheelwright
Carriagemaker (wooden parts)
Millwright (F)
Cooper
Basketmaker (S)

Metalworking

Blacksmith
Nailmaker
Tinsmith
Carriagemaker (metal parts)

Textiles and Clothing

Spinner/Carder/Quiller (S)
Weaver
Dyer
Seamstress/Tailor
Shoemaker

Building Trades (other than woodworking)

Brickmaker
Bricklayer
Limeburner (F)
Stonecutter
Stonemason
Glazier
Plasterer
Painter
Roofer

Domestic Skills

Launderer (S)
Cook (S)
Dairy workers (S)
Brewer
Soap Maker (S)
Candle Maker(S)
Butler (S)
Barber/hairdresser (S)
Lady's maid/valet (S)
House maid (S)
Midwife

Travel and Transport

Postillion (S)
Coachman (S)
Hostler (S)
Wagoner/Carter
Waterman

Footnotes

1. This article is based on Lucia Stanton, Monticello Research Report, 1996.

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