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Fort Smith in Sebastian County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Officer’s Garden

Fort Smith National Historic Site

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
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By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
1. Officer’s Garden Marker
Inscription.  
"The walls were almost hidden by a wealth of vines and foliage, and the enclosed space was as green as nature and care could make it. Beautiful flower beds were kept well tended by the soldiers and added greatly to the beauty of the grounds."
Mary Rutherford Cravens recalling Fort Smith in the 1850s

A garden provided many benefits to the soldiers and their families at Fort Smith. Fresh vegetables in the garden behind the officer’s quarters provided a healthy addition to their daily diet. Herbs were used as seasoning and medicine. Flowers brightened an otherwise monotonous fort life. Working in the garden was part of the daily routine for officers’ wives and children. The garden also served as a pleasant gathering place for friends and family.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military.
 
Location. 35° 23.328′ N, 94° 25.804′ W. Marker is in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in Sebastian County. Marker is on Parker
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By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
2. Officer’s Garden Marker
Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Parker Avenue, Fort Smith AR 72901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bastion That Never Was (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Federal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Meeting of Nations (within shouting distance of this marker); The Flagstaff (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederates Occupy The Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); The Parade Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Commissary (within shouting distance of this marker); The Guardhouse, 1849-1871 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Smith.
 
Officer’s Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
3. Officer’s Garden Marker
“The walls were almost hidden by a wealth of vines and foliage, and the enclosed space was a green as nature and care could make it. Beautiful flower beds were kept well tended b the soldiers and added greatly to the beauty of the grounds.” ~Mary Rutherford Cravens recalling Fort Smith in the 1850’s.
Officer’s Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
4. Officer’s Garden Marker
Seeds were either ordered from catalogs or sent by relatives.
Officer’s Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, July 13, 2012
5. Officer’s Garden Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 587 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 21, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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