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Blennerhassett Island in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Pleasure Garden

 

— Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —

 
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By J. J. Prats, July 11, 2021
1. Pleasure Garden Marker
Inscription.  From 1798 to 1806, the Blennerhassetts created two different gardens on their island estate: a one-acre kitchen garden that lay southwest of the mansion growing fruits and vegetables and. to the northwest, a 2⅓ acre pleasure garden filled with flowers, trees and shrubs. while the smaller plot supplied the needs of the table, the flower garden (also known as an “English garden”) existed solely to provide enjoyment to its owners and their guests. As a result, the 18th-century also called such places “pleasure-garden,” and “pleasure-grounds.”

Surrounded by a high paling fence with espaliered fruit trees, the pleasure garden was tended by an English gardener named Peter Taylor. The pleasure garden was laid out in a naturalistic style that had originated in mid-18th-century England. Instead of the straight graveled paths with sharp corners that had prevailed before, curving paths of the new fashion meandered through an expanse of flowers and trees. These, along with a fish pond, hothouses, maze, and summerhouse, transformed this part of the estate into a floral paradise.
 
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By J. J. Prats, July 11, 2021
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestrySettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1798.
 
Location. 39° 16.316′ N, 81° 36.044′ W. Marker is in Blennerhassett Island, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker can be reached by sternwheeler riverboat passenger ferry ($12 round trip) from Point Park on 2nd Street in Parkersburg between May 1st and early October. Ferry departs on the hour from 10 AM to 5 PM. Last ferry departs the island at 5:30 PM. Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is closed Mondays (except Memorial Day and Labor Day), Tuesdays in September and October, and for the winter after the last weekend in October until the first weekend in May. You should call ahead to verify this information at +1-304-420-4800 or 1-800-CALL-WVA. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Parkersburg WV 26101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blennerhassett Island (a few steps from this marker); Flower Bed (a few steps from this marker); Paling Fence (within shouting distance of this marker); Arbors (within shouting distance of this marker); Fishpond (within shouting distance of this marker); Blennerhassett Wash House (within shouting distance
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of this marker); Blennerhassett’s Well (within shouting distance of this marker); Blennerhassett Kitchen Garden (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blennerhassett Island.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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