The proposed excavation would come to
within 70 feet of this swingset.
Careytown is a precious example of the kind of "freetown" that
formerly enslaved people of African descent built shortly after the
Civil War ended, when they were eager -- and sometimes forced -- to
leave the plantations where they had lived and worked. These small
communities, which were once common to the Piedmont and other parts of
the South, are increasingly hard to find. They may still exist in the
name of a place, or the ghost of a memory, but seldom do you find a
settlement like Careytown which has been continuously inhabited by the
same families since Emancipation. Most of the residents of Careytown
are related, and most of them are descended from workers who were
enslaved on neighboring plantations such as Barboursville and
Burlington. Careytown is an African-American community with a proud
history and a greatly-threatened future.