During outbreaks of measles, malaria, dysentery, and other contagious illnesses, the hospital isolated the ill from healthy family members and friends. Physicians attending the plantation's white residents also provided health care for members of the slave community. Surgeries, tooth extractions, and assisting with difficult births were some of the services provided. Folk remedies and herbal treatments were also widely used within the slave community.

Reconstructed Plantation Hospital at Somerset Place

Reconstructed Plantation Hospital today

Plantation Hospital

Plantation Hospital with Overseer's Home in the background


Return to top of page

Return to the Somerset Place home page