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Over the decades, dozens of buildings were added to these spaces including: smokehouses, kitchens, privies, wood sheds, and quarters. Enclosed by walls and thus largely hidden from the University community, these spaces provided a place to butcher hogs, to cook and do laundry, and to perform the many other tasks expected of the enslaved community. These were the primary spaces where the enslaved community worked, lived, and communed while tucked away from the view of the central Lawn. By the twentieth century, most of these buildings were torn down and only a few remain. In the mid-twentieth-century the Garden Club of Virginia redesigned the gardens to their present appearance.
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