Quarter Place

 

The reality of slavery at Red Hill is one that we are exploring and researching. We believe our evolving Quarter Place Trail research brings the opportunity to discover new history together to foster engagement and dialogue. 

 We believe the Quarter Place project is the best way to expand the interpretative focus of Red Hill. Moving beyond the story of Patrick Henry as one of the nation’s Founding Fathers and his family as plantation owners, this project focuses on the enslaved community who Henry and Red Hill relied on to work the land and enrich the family’s well-being. 

One aspect of expanding our recognition of the people who lived and worked at Red Hill, but who have been left out of its history, is to restore the African American slave cemetery and the Quarter Place Trail. The cemetery is located in a quiet corner at the end of the Quarter Place Trail. This is a project that needs additional funding. It requires historical advising and research, as well as the delicate physical endeavor of restoring the grave sites and area.

Enslaved Cemetery

Through a grant in 2018, Red Hill re-acquired 77 acres of adjoining property originally part of Henry’s Red Hill. On that land, referred to as Quarter Place, sits a cemetery that Red Hill maintained over the years, believing it to be a sacred burial ground for people enslaved at Red Hill, their ancestors, and family members buried after them. In early 2019, Dr. Brian Bates, Director of Longwood University’s Archaeology Field School, surveyed the area using LiDAR and marked 147 graves. Additional gravesites have been identified more recently. Acquiring the cemetery allows Red Hill to integrate, in a meaningful way, the birth, life, perseverance, and resilience of those enslaved by Henry into the history of Red Hill and the nation's founding. Research on this project has just recently started. If anyone has information regarding the cemetery, or descendants of Red Hill's enslaved community, please contact us directly.