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Floral Pressings & Legacies

The Patapsco Female Institute

— A Living History & Heritage Site —

 
 
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 5, 2022
1. Floral Pressings & Legacies Marker
Inscription.  
A major part of the PFI curriculum under Principal Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps was the study of botany. Terraced gardens throughout the grounds provided the students with a living classroom to learn first-hand about the features of different plants and flowers. In 1844, student Mary Jerdone Coleman began keeping a journal of floral pressings collected on site. Coleman, the daughter of a prominent Virginia family, travelled over 100 miles from Louisa County, VA to be schooled at Patapsco. This journal, now within the collections of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, offers an important insight into the ecological make up of the Institute's grounds during the era.

The site's gardens were not only designed and maintained by Almira and PFI students, but also gardeners, such as Irish immigrant Stephen Leary, mentioned below in the 1850 census.

"The author indulges the hope that this book....may serve to interest and quicken the dull intellects of some pupils, to arrest the fugitive attention of others, and to relax the minds of the over-studious, by leading them all into paths strewed with
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—Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps, Familiar Lectures on Botany, 1854

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Jerdone Castle, on Lake Anna, in Louisiana County, Virginia was Coleman's childhood home. The plantation was originally built by Francis Jerdone in 1742.

Coleman's journal includes pressings and notations of over 40 varieties of plants growing on the grounds during her time here as a student.

 
Erected by Howard County Recreation & Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationHorticulture & ForestryScience & MedicineWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1844.
 
Location. 39° 16.245′ N, 76° 47.805′ W. Marker is in Ellicott City, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker can be reached from Church Road west of Sylvan Lane, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3655 Church Rd, Ellicott City MD 21043, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Patapsco Female Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Patapsco Female Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Patapsco Female Institute (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mount Ida
Floral Pressings & Legacies Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 5, 2022
2. Floral Pressings & Legacies Marker
(about 600 feet away); Howard County Jail, 1851 (about 600 feet away); Sunflower Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Votes For Women (approx. 0.2 miles away); Howard County Courthouse, 1843 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellicott City.
 
Additional sign showing species found in the floral pressing album image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 5, 2022
3. Additional sign showing species found in the floral pressing album
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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