The Preservation Collaborative recently completed as-built documentation for the Isaac Royall House. Built circa 1732, this mansion house was home to wealthy sugar plantation owner Isaac Royall. He died two years after arriving in 1738, leaving the estate to his son, Isaac Royall Jr., who resided here with his family until the eve of the American Revolution.
This building is well known in New England for one of the last freestanding slave quarter structures north of the Mason-Dixon Line. It is a reminder of northern slavery, a study which has been gaining ground for quite some time. An archaeological dig was conducted in the 2000′s, along with several new scholarly books being published which focus on the house and occupants from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries.
Our work involved documenting the floor plans and elevations of the existing building for future study of the building’s history. You can learn more about the Royall House and its exciting history here: http://www.royallhouse.org/