Manuscripts/Mixed Material [J. F. Smith]
The house which we lived in until the war, was a two-story house with a large front porch, with large round columns that reached to the roof of the second story. There were two bedrooms downstairs, the other being upstairs. Our livingroom was a large room covering about one-fourth of the first floor. At one end of it was a large brick fireplace large enough to burn cord wood. It would take two slaves to put an a back log, and it sure did threw out the heat. The dining room and kitchen was back of this. We had a large long table in the dining room, and I have seen as many an thirty people eating at this table at one time. My father never turned any traveler away from his home, he would always give them lodging and feed for their stock without charge.
Behind the house was the cook and servant house, and the smokehouse where we kept all the meat. This meat and lard was issued to the slaves once a week. I have seen the slaves kill as many as fifty hogs at one time, all the killing, cleaning and dressing was done in one day- the next day lard was made and the meat packed. The meat box was built in the meat house, which was large enough for a man to got in and walk around. Behind this the barn was off quite a distance. It was large enough to hold over a thousand bushels of corn and plenty of hay to feed over two hundred head of stock, with stalls for twenty-two teams of mules and sheds for the balance and plenty of sheds for the milk cows. Behind the barn was a plank lot too where the hogs were called up and fed. We always fed then a little to keep them coming up so we could mark the young pigs, as the hogs ran out the year round. My father had his entire twenty-seven acres fenced off with plank which came from the sawmill. All of the posts were sawed square at both ends and the same length, and were put in the ground at the same depth. All the boards were spaced alike around the fields and pasture. About a hundred yards to the west were the slave quarters, with two rows of houses [facing?] each other with a wide street between them. All of these houses were built from native lumber, with stock and dirt chimney. A wood pile was behind each house for them. Our wood was stacked in the northeast corner of