Nine enslaved African-Americans lived and worked at Carlyle House in 1780. Their names were Jerry, Joe, Cook, Penny, Charles, Sibreia, Cate, Moses and Nanny. These names are found on an inventory of John Carlyle’s property, alongside tables, tools, ladders and books; a sad illustration of the attitude towards slavery during the 1700s. One enslaved
worker, Penny, was purchased from a nearby plantation when she was just a young teenager. She lived and worked here her entire life. If we could hear her voice, what would she say? Come learn about her and other African-Americans on a tour of Carlyle House.