About Joseph Edwin Washington
Joseph Washington, a cousin of President George Washington, from Southampton County, Virginia founded Wessyngton Plantation outside of Nashville, Tennessee in 1796. By 1860 it was not only the largest tobacco plantation in America but also the second largest tobacco plantation in the world. It encompassed more than 15,000 acres in two states and had a slave population of 274 (the largest in Tennessee). When the family sold Wessyngton Plantation in 1983, it was the largest farm in America owned by direct descendants of the original founder. Wessyngton Plantation, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a working farm. The mansion, built brick by brick by its slaves, still stands as does a slave cabin and its slave cemetery.