Banneker was six years old when his father purchased 100 acres of this land in 1737. Banneker lived here for the rest of his life. Banneker's journal tells us that when he was 67 years old he planted 170 pear "sprouts" in late November of 1798. Banneker's neighbors wrote of how he planted cherry, peach, and apple trees in his orchard. Perhaps he made apple or pear cider to drink and sell as folks do today. Banneker cared for the trees and then harvested the fruit. He surely enjoyed eating fresh fruit over the summer and early fall. He may have sold the extra fruit to neighbors and folks in the local town, Ellicott Mills.
Banneker set ;up honey bee hives to help pollinate his trees. Bees visit the flowers, spreading pollen from tree to tree. The trees can then grow fruit. His beehives produced
Wander the orchard and enjoy the smell of tree blossoms and ripening fruit. Apple, peach, pear, cherry, plum and other cultivated fruit trees grow here as well as native trees like black walnut, paw paw, and persimmon. Perhaps you can fine one of the wild pear trees in the park that some say are descended from Banneker's pear "sprouts."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Horticulture & Forestry.
Location. 39° 16.199′ N, 76° 46.614′ W. Marker is in Catonsville, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Oella Avenue. Marker is on the grounds of the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Catonsville MD 21228, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stone Farmhouse (a few steps from this marker); Robert Bannaky (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Benjamin Banneker (about 600 feet away); Banneker's Cabin (about 700 feet away); 20th Anniversary (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Benjamin Banneker (approx. 0.4 miles away); Edges of Earth's Crust Collided Here
Also see . . .
1. Benjamin Banneker - Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 17, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park website. (Submitted on May 17, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 17, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.