This ante-bellum plantation represented a community which was almost self-sufficient. While the Big House was, and is today, the center of activity, the majority of plantation work was performed in the yard's surrounding outbuildings or "dependencies."

Visitors to Sherwood Forest are always asked to consider the season in which they are visiting and how the current weather might have affected the daily activities and operations of the plantation, especially for the field hands and house servants.

There was much work to be done. And without that hard work, the working plantation of the mid-19th century, preserved here today, would have been vastly different.