Chapter 2 Activities: The Biggs Family’s Farm Value

African Americans Basil and Mary Biggs stand next to a farm lane. Near them are a white man in a suit standing next to a horse, two other adults standing behind them, and two children off to their left. A white horse is in the background next to a white picket fence, and behind the fence are a farmhouse and a farm building.
Basil and Mary Biggs in front of their Gettysburg farm

When Basil and Mary Biggs first came to Gettysburg, they worked as tenant farmers on the south end of Gettysburg. Real estate and farm value were expensive enough for young families that renting first was frequently an approach. However, Basil and Mary had already owned land and their own farm, even if that was relatively small. The 1850 Census shows the value of their Carroll County real estate as being $300.

1850 Census showing the real estate/farm value of the Biggs family at $300.

The following exercises show the approximate value of their property and holdings today and might help learners understand why the Biggs family opted for renting just after moving in.

Read Chapter 2: Runaway, or learn more at the Chapter 2 Resource Page. You can also dive deeper into the Biggs Family here.

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