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The Fossett Family
Hearth in the kitchen at Monticello where Edith Fossett worked.
Shoeing horses was a basic activity for blacksmiths.
Fragment of a heading clamp for nail making.
Monticello blacksmiths like Joseph Fossett had to make all metal objects needed on the plantation.
Peter Fossett (son of Joseph and Edith) recalled: “Mr. Jefferson allowed his grandson to teach any of his slaves who desired to learn, and Lewis Randolph first taught me how to read.” Literacy later caused problems for Fossett: “When I was sold to Col. Jones I took my books...