Records of Details on Building the Farmhouse - Meadow Farm - Glen Allen, VA
For homes built in the late 18th and early 19th century, most materials and labor were acquired locally. A landowner, who did not build his own house, might commission a carpenter or brick mason to perform his craft as well as manage the work of others. In other situations, the same homeowner could play the role of contractor and convey his needs to the hired craftsmen. Mosby Sheppard and his son, John Sheppard, built Meadow Farm in phases. Both men carefully documented the purchase of building materials and labor for work done in 1810, 1820, 1845 and 1858.