Primary Source 3: Tabby Cabins

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Three tabby slave cabins built in the 1820s and 1840s still stand today on Ossabaw Island. This photograph was taken in the 1920s. Georgia’s state archeologist described these cabins as “one of Georgia’s most significant archaeological and historical sites.” African-Americans lived in these tabby structures first as enslaved peoples on the North End Plantation, then as freed people living and working on Ossabaw Island unitl the 1980s. The Ossabaw Island Foundation is working with other organizations to preserve, maintain and tell the story of these important structures.


Science of Tabby


Thomas Spalding’s Tabby Revival


Use of Cabins


Archaeology on Ossabaw

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