Over 200 years ago, an orchard grew here. Even before he completed work on Homewood house, Charles Carroll Jr. established pear, apple and peach trees on the property. In 1801, he complained "my blundering gardener" let the cow "get into the orchard and nip off the tops of almost all the trees.
The Wyman family purchased Homewood in 1838 and maintained the orchard until the university acquired the land in 1902. Photographs of the site from the 1920s, however, show a different landscape.
In 2014, the university and the Homewood Museum planted this historically-inspired orchard in order to bring the meaning of this place full circle. We invite you to enjoy this space and these fruit trees as the Carrolls and Wymans once did.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Education • Horticulture & Forestry.
Location. 39° 19.808′ N, 76° 37.132′ W. Marker is in Johns Hopkins Homewood in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from North Charles Street (Maryland Route 139) 0.1 miles north of
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Homewood (here, next to this marker); Homewood Privy, c. 1801 (within shouting distance of this marker); "Isaac Newton" Apple Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Farmhouse & Slave Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Keyser Quadrangle (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Homewood (about 400 feet away); The Sheridan Libraries (about 400 feet away); Greenhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johns Hopkins Homewood.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 15, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.