Franklin and Armfield Office

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Franklin and Armfield Office
Franklin and Armfield Office is located in Alexandria, Virginia
Franklin and Armfield Office
Location Alexandria, Virginia
Coordinates 38°48′14″N 77°3′17″W / 38.80389°N 77.05472°W / 38.80389; -77.05472Coordinates: 38°48′14″N 77°3′17″W / 38.80389°N 77.05472°W / 38.80389; -77.05472
Built 1828
Architect Robert Young
Architectural style Federal, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78003146
VLR # 100-0105
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 2, 1978[1]
Designated NHL June 2, 1978[2]
Designated VLR October 16, 1979[3]

Franklin and Armfield Office, now known as Freedom House, was started in 1828 by Isaac Franklin and John Armfield. The office was known to have been the largest slave trading firm in the antebellum south. At its height in the 1830s, the firm transported between 1,000 and 1,200 slaves from Alexandria to New Orleans each year. It then closed in 1836 and was sold several times to George Kephart, Price, Birch, and Company, and Solomon Stover. The property was used by the Union to imprison Confederate soldiers and was then a hospital from 1878-1885. The office can be found at 1315 Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Franklin and Armfield house with its neighboring slave prison in 1836.


  • Freedom House (formerly known as the Franklin and Armfield Office) [1] - Virginia African Heritage Program
  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Franklin & Armfield Office". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 05-12-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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