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A carpenter from Prince William County, Virginia, Caleb Stone worked at Mount Vernon between 1773 and January 1778. In February 1773, Stone agreed to be the "overlooker" of Washington's enslaved carpenters. Stone's work agreement explained that he had the responsibility to teach the enslaved carpenters "the Art and Mistery of the Trade of a Carpenter." Stone was paid forty pounds, plus washing, lodging, food for himself, and pasturage for his horse. George Washington also paid fifteen pounds to have a coat and waistcoat made for Stone.1


1. The Papers of George Washington, Colonial Series, Vol. 9:238 & 239n and Vol. 10:137; Mesick, Cohen & Waite, "Building Trades," Mount Vernon: Historic Structure Report, 2-43. See also, "Caleb Stone…Carpenter…Dr….Cr.," Lund Washington Account Book, 41; "Caleb Stone---Carpenter…Dr….Cr.," Lund Washington Account Book, 59; "Calib Sone [sic] – Dr….Cr.," Lund Washington Account Book, 65.