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Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The McGavock Garden

 
 
The McGavock Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 17, 2019
1. The McGavock Garden Marker
Inscription.  Restored to its mid-nineteenth century layout and appearance, this nearly one acre garden was an important feature for the residents of Carnton. An earlier garden was located on the southeastern side of the home, but was removed and relocated to this, the west side of the residence, in 1847. Archeological remnants, along with yuccas, a cedar and an Osage orange tree are all evidence of this new kitchen and ornamental garden. Created during the alterations of the property by John McGavock, this simple layout is a variation pf one of Andrew Jackson Downing’s designs for American gardens.

The cultivation of the garden must have been especially important to John and Carrie McGavock. This is evident in his will in which he state, “I also will and bequeath to my wife the exclusive possession and control of my residence, yard and garden…”

Under the guidance of leading historians of mid-nineteenth century gardening, the McGavock garden was reconstructed in the mid-1900s using plant material available in Middle Tennessee prior to 1869.
 
Location. 35° 54.238′ 
Center of the McGavock Garden image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 17, 2019
2. Center of the McGavock Garden
N, 86° 51.516′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on Eastern Flank Circle 0.4 miles east of Canton Lane, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin TN 37064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Civil War Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); Maj. Gen. William W. Loring's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnton Plantation (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); McGavock Family Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carnton (about 300 feet away); The Final Campaign 1864 (about 400 feet away); The Battle of Franklin (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Categories. Anthropology & ArchaeologyHorticulture & Forestry
 
The McGavock Garden image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 17, 2019
3. The McGavock Garden
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 24, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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