|Farmer Campbell Ridley explores one of the slave cabins on his property.|
|The exterior of a log slave cabin.|
Pillow was one of the wealthiest men in Maury County—one of the wealthiest counties in the country before the Civil War. Much of that wealth was accumulated because of those who toiled for him—the enslaved who lived in these cabins.
Ridley, whose family has farmed in the area for generations, has long called these structures “The Quarters.” In addition to slaves, the cabins housed workers on the farm into the 20th century. Ridley also farms the land where Ashwood Hall—one of the most magnificent residences in Tennessee—once stood. The fabulous plantation mansion, owned by Leonidas Polk, “The Fighting Bishop” of the Confederacy, and later his brother, was destroyed in an 1874 fire. I wrote about it for Civil War Times magazine.
|Farmer Campbell Ridley slips inside the door.|
|Ridley examines the interior of a cabin, once occupied by slaves and later by workers |
on his family farm.
|Evidence of a fireplace in the cabin.|
|The deteriorating porch on another cabin.|
|The original, brick chimney.|