Interview with Richard Barnes and Charlotte Mckiethen
1. What crop was grown at Greenwood?
They grew cotton and then switched to sugarcane because it made more money.
2.How many different families have lived in Greenwood?
!4 families have occupied Greenwood after the Civil War. I am not sure all of their names though.
3. Did this plantation have many parties or balls thrown in it?
Yes, William Ruffin Barrow did not like to leave his home so he threw all of his social parties at his home.
4. Did it take alot of people to run this plantation(slaves)?
When the plantation was built they had 35 slaves. In 1840 when they were growing cotton they had 250. This grew to 1,100 in 1850 when they were producing sugarcane on the plantation.
5.Were the families that lived on this plantation very large?
Yes, most were very large and had many children.
6. How much would this plantation of cost in the 1800's?
Most plantations were built off of the land you bought. You would cut the wood from the trees and use the resources from the land. Very rarely you would buy a plantation in the 1800's. The plantation would probably stay in the family and be passed down to the children and grandchildren.
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