Full caption: Thornhill Plantation, Greene County, Alabama. W. A. Hotchkiss, delineator. ca. 1936. Prints and Photographs Division. HABS-AL-238, sheet 1; LC-USZA1-1287. Full caption: Thornhill Plantation, Greene County, Alabama. W. A. Hotchkiss, delineator. ca. 1936. Prints and Photographs Division.
HABS-AL-238, sheet 1; LC-USZA1-1287.

Developed as a cotton plantation in the early 1830s by James Thornton, Alabama's first secretary of state, Thornhill extended over 2,600 acres and by 1860 employed 156 slaves. About a third of the slaves lived in quarters behind the Thornton residence. The site plan, measured in drawings, and photographs made by Historic American Buildings Survey staff in the 1930s provide clues to the daily workings of the plantation.

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