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  • Anne Davis Williams

    Anne Davis Williams, sister to Caroline Davis Brown who worked in the Dairy, Harriet Davis Smith who worked as a cook and sister-in-law to Nathan Harris, who worked as a coachman and later ran his own livery stable in Baltimore City, was a skilled nurse and caregiver, both as an enslaved young woman and later as a free woman, employed on the estate. Helen West Stewart Ridgely described: "Anne Davis, known to us all as 'Annie Bones' because of her particular skill in bandaging and nursing."

    When Anne died around 1890, James McHenry Howard, himself a medical doctor who admired Anne's abilities, wrote in his memoir, that

    "all of the family who could well get there, attended her funeral services--which were held in the Hall at Hampton, and conducted by a preacher of her own color and faith, who made quite an able address. The singing was done by the colored people of the farm and vicinity and was quite characteristic of the race. She was buried in the South-West corner of the Negro burying ground--under shade of a forest Oak tree--may the leaves fall lightly upon her grave!"

    The next building on the tour is the Mule Barn, where you will learn more about the animals who did heavy labor and were also treated as objects of luxury.