Anson Jones farmed near Washington during and after his presidency. Jones named his farm "Barrington" after his Massachusetts home, Great Barrington. There he lived with wife Mary, their four children, his sister, sister-in-law, and five slaves. The family home, two slave cabins, a kitchen building, smokehouse, cotton house and barn made up Barrington Farm. Barrington Living History Farm interpreters, dressed in period style clothing, The economy of the farm relied upon the work of the five slaves. Entries that Jones himself made in his daybook show the variety of the tasks, the efforts of the slaves, and ongoing nature of farm work. His words reflect a sense of good fortune and delight in the bounty of his farm. * March 1847 Peach and plum trees commenced blossoming this week. Continued planting corn on the east side of the field, Jerry and Mary breaking up cotton land with Oxen. * June 1850 Cucumbers from the garden & roasting ears from the corn field in abundance. * August 1852 Cotton opening freely, weather favorable all hands picking & at the rate of between two and three bales pr week. * November 1855 Set out Bermuda grass in S.E Quarter of the House Yard. Finished gathering corn crop of 2000 bushels. Finished picking Cotton. Dug Sweet Potatoes in house field. * December 1856 Finished the year at Barrington, superintending my farm & the education of the younger children.

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