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Jackson's Garden

 
 
Jackson's Garden Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Robert H. Moore, II, January 24, 2009
1. Jackson's Garden Marker
Inscription. This backyard kitchen garden provided the household with a variety of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Major Jackson reported in an 1860 letter that the garden included, “lima beans, snap beans, carrots, parsnips, salsify, onions, cabbage, turnips, beets, potatoes, and some inferior muskmelons.”

By using a cold frame or hotbed to protect tender plants from frost, Major Jackson could extend the growing season. This practice helped insure a diet of fresh produce for much of the year. Jackson, who was known to be ‘as methodical as a multiplication table,” followed a detailed planting calendar and owned an 1858 edition of Robert Buist’s Family Kitchen Gardener, a popular gardening manual.

While Jackson enjoyed working in the garden with his own hands, the success of the garden depended upon the labor of three of the Jackson’s slaves: Hetty and her sons, Cyrius and George.

“I went down to your henhouse yesterday evening… and, looking into the nests, found nine fresh eggs….”
Thomas J. Jackson to Mary Anna Jackson, Feb. 23, 1861 [from] Memoirs of “Stonewall” Jackson by His Widow, p. 138

“I never was fond of lettuce until I tried this. I regard it as the largest, tenderest and finest flavored that I have ever tasted.”
Thomas J. Jackson to Laura
Jackson's Garden Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
2. Jackson's Garden Marker
Jackson Arnold, June 4, 1860.

“His garden was a source of very great pleasure to him: he worked in it a great deal with his own hands, and cultivated it in quite a scientific way…. So successful was he as a gardener that he raised more vegetables than his family could consume.”
Mary Anna Jackson {from} Memoirs of “Stonewall” Jackson by his Widow, p. 108.
 
Location. 37° 47.107′ N, 79° 26.476′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker is on East Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8 East Washington Street, Lexington VA 24450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lt. Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson 1824-1863 (here, next to this marker); The Stonewall Jackson House (here, next to this marker); Rockaway (here, next to this marker); The Jacob Ruff House, ca. 1829 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Alexander-Withrow House, ca. 1793 (within shouting distance of this marker); Campbell House, ca. 1845 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sloan House, ca. 1844-45 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lexington (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
 
More about this marker.
Jackson's Garden Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Robert H. Moore, II, January 24, 2009
3. Jackson's Garden Marker
The third of three markers at the entrance of the Stonewall Jackson House, this marker is located by itself on the right.
In the lower left is a facsimile of the Title page from Thomas J. Jackson’s copy of Robert Buist’s Family Kitchen Gardener (Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia). Next to it is an illustration from the showing a scarecrow, from James Anderson's The New Practical Gardener (1879).

In the center are illustrations of Barred Plymouth Rock chickens and Silesia lettuce.

In the upper right is a photo detail of the Stonewall Jackson House by Michael Miley, from the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia. Next to it is a photo of the Back of the Stonewall Jackson House, from the Stonewall Jackson Foundation, Lexington, Virginia.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. AgricultureAntebellum South, USWar, US Civil
 
The Stonewall Jackson House Photo, Click for full size
By Robert H. Moore, II, January 24, 2009
4. The Stonewall Jackson House
Jackson's Garden Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
5. Jackson's Garden
Jackson's Garden Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, circa July 1980
6. Jackson's Garden
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,006 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on , by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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