Tarravale plantation


This plantation lies north west of the town, and a road on the north side of town leads to its entrance through wooden fencing. Note the branch road east of the entrance, leading through woods to a remote beach for adventurers to explore.

It represents earlier days of plantation development, growing mainly cotton, tobacco and indigo. Its main house is fairly basic and its production processes not sophisticated. There are also a few cattle and pigs to the north of the main house.

Main House

The main house is situated towards the north of the plantation, is single storied but with a basement underneath. There is a cookhouse and a well at the back.

This house has two bedrooms and an office, a lounge, and a dining room with ante room. On the west side, the dining room anteroom has a stair going down to the basement, where going straight out the back leads into the cookhouse.

The basement has shelves for storing meal ingredients and bed linen as well as quarters for house slaves/bound white servants. These quarters are towards the east side of the basement and have bare earth floors and straw for bedding. A plunge pool has been added.


The fields show evidence of work ‑ bundles of tobacco leaves, just cut from the southern end of the easternmost fields, and bundles/baskets of newly picked, not-yet-deseeded cotton at the south end of the field off to the west. Between these crops are field areas under cultivation with young tobacco and indigo plants being planted.


To the north of the fields are open-sided sheds where harvested crops are processed. Other wooden buildings include a blacksmith’s forge, a carpenter’s workshop, and a tool shed.

Tobacco plants are hung from the roof to dry. The leaves are then stripped off and gathered into bales for transport by horse-drawn cart to Port Queenston. Horses are corralled nearby. (Minecraft doesn’t offer the ability to harness horses to carts ‑ maybe the horses are put off by the square wheels!)

Unseeded cotton is combed on flat stones by kneeling slaves/labourers until all seeds have been removed. The deseeded cotton is then packed into a  large bag held in a special frame, and then loaded onto a cart for transport to town. The first modern mechanical cotton gin was patented in 1794, enabling the extraction of seeds to be done more efficiently by machine

Enslaved people’s & labourer’s area

The area is partially screened from the main house by a copse of trees.

Irregularly-spaced dwellings for slave/bound white labourers are made (by the occupants themselves) from various woods (vertical log sections), covered with a variety of leaves, and maintained inadequately. Some of the dwellings are open-sided and may house quite a number of labourers.

There are open fires outside for cooking.

Dwellings have bare-ground floors and straw is used for bedding.

The area surrounding the dwellings is scattered with piles of logs and bales of straw (for refreshing bedding).