Some slaves resisted, some would misplace tools and work slowly. Some would have more noticeable actions of resistance like stealing, arson, and running away. Some would steal tools, fabrics, yams, raw wool, wine, rum, milk butter, etc. On April 1781, 17 slaves ran off voluntarily
Mount Vernon was divided into 5 separate farms. The slaves typically worked from the time that the sun rose and it set. They would get around 2 hours off between meals. In the winter they would work a little less, for about 8 hours, while in the summer they would work up to 14.
Out of the 319 slaves that worked in Mount Vernon, 42% were too young to work, 28% were skilled laborers, blacksmiths, barrel makers, cooks, etc. 75% of these slaves were men.