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The Trustees’ Garden

 
 
The Trustees' Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 28, 2009
1. The Trustees' Garden Marker
Inscription. At this site was located the first public agricultural experimental garden in America. From this garden was disseminated the upland cotton which later comprised the greater part of the world`s cotton commerce. Here were propagated and from this garden distributed, the peach trees which gave Georgia and South Carolina another major commercial crop.
The garden consisted of ten acres. It was established by Oglethorpe within one month after the settlement of Georgia. Botanists were sent by the Trustees of the Colony from England to the West Indies and South America to procure plants for the garden. Vine cuttings, flax, hemp, potashes, indigo, cochineal, olives, and medicinal herbs were grown. The greatest hope was centered in the mulberry trees, essential to silk culture. In the early days of the Colony, Queen Caroline was clothed in Georgia silk, and the town`s largest structure was the filature.
The silk and wine industries failed to materialize. The distant sponsors were unable to judge of the immense importance of the experiments conducted in other products. In 1755 the site was developed as a residential section.
 
Erected 1952 by Gerogia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the
The Trustees' Garden Marker, in the Pirate's House parking lot image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 28, 2009
2. The Trustees' Garden Marker, in the Pirate's House parking lot
Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.701′ N, 81° 5.016′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from East Broad St.. Click for map. 1/2 block south of Bay St., far east end of Pirate's House Parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Pirates House (within shouting distance of this marker); New World Medical Plants (within shouting distance of this marker); The Georgia Medical Society (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Harbor Light (about 500 feet away); Savannah's Early Economy (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Georgia Medical Society (about 500 feet away); Washington Fire Company (about 500 feet away); Native Americans on the Georgia Coast (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Trustees’ Garden. large-scale silk production did not happen, so interest waned and the garden closed. (Submitted on May 9, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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The Trustees' Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 3, 2012
3. The Trustees' Garden Marker
The Trustees' Garden Overhead Sign (L), seen along E. Broad St. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
4. The Trustees' Garden Overhead Sign (L), seen along E. Broad St.
 
 
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