Robert Hughes was born at Monticello. Along with his mother and several of his siblings, he lived in slavery until the end of the Civil War at Edgehill, the plantation of Thomas Jefferson's grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. After the war, Hughes, who was a blacksmith, acquired over a hundred acres of Albemarle County land. He was the founding minister of Union Run Baptist Church near Charlottesville, Virginia, where he served for three decades.
Our new app, available for iOS and Android devices, introduces visitors to the individuals who lived and worked on Mulberry Row, once the industrial hub and “Main Street” of Thomas Jefferson’s 5,000-acre plantation. Free wifi is available on site.