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Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gardens and Kitchen at Belvoir

 
 
Gardens and Kitchen at <i>Belvoir</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, December 14, 2010
1. Gardens and Kitchen at Belvoir Marker
Inscription. Ornamental courtyard gardens were a luxury to create and maintain. The presence of a courtyard garden on an estate indicated the owners were wealthy, educated people. Records show that the garden layout was based upon a garden in Sterling, Scotland. Archeology revealed that the Belvoir courtyard was about 1,000-square feet in size with paths dividing it into equal sections. It is likely that decorative plants, flower beds, and small fruit trees lined these paths.

Two buildings thought to be garden houses, or greenhouses, were located at the northeastern and southeastern corners of the courtyard. These buildings may have been used to store gardening tools, delicate plantings, and other gardening items. The buildings provided an architectural frame for the courtyard garden which was enriched by brick walls. These protected the garden from wild and grazing animals. A similar design was used throughout the colonies and may be seen today at Mount Vernon.

Of necessity Belvoir plantation was self sufficient. It had a kitchen garden where the family grew vegetables. Outside the walled courtyard, the family had an orchard.
 
Location. 38° 40.786′ N, 77° 7.781′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can
Gardens and Kitchen at <i>Belvoir</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 17, 2010
2. Gardens and Kitchen at Belvoir Marker
be reached from Forney Loop, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located along the Belvoir and Potomac View Trail, reached from a parking area off Forney Lane, on Fort Belvoir. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Belvoir VA 22060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Life at Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); The Neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); The Influence of the Fairfax Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery and Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fairfax Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Belvoir (within shouting distance of this marker); Belvoir Grounds and Potomac View Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ferdinando, and the End of the Fairfax Ownership (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Belvoir.
 
More about this marker. The marker is on Fort Belvoir, an active U.S. Army installation. Please check the links below for site access information.
 
Also see . . .  Access to Fort Belvoir. Details procedures for entering the Fort. (Submitted on August 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraHorticulture & Forestry
 
Belvoir Ruins near the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 17, 2010
3. Belvoir Ruins near the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 518 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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