What did the enslaved people who worked in Trent’s house eat and how did that compare with the Trents’ own diet?
While we don’t have records of what foodstuffs were consumed by members of the Trent household, by using other sources we can provide some general ideas of their diet.
In one of the parlors on the main floor is a table set up for Mr. and Mrs. Trent’s dinner – one of the four meals a day that Joan, the cook, prepared. In the kitchen and storeroom in the basement of the House are posters with information about the average calories consumed per day by the wealthy elite in the 18th century and by the people who were enslaved. Also on display are examples of the food that was likely eaten.
Curated by: Shawn Carney