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Catonsville in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Banneker's Orchard

 
 
Banneker's Orchard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, May 13, 2017
1. Banneker's Orchard Marker
Inscription. This orchard grows to remind us of the care and work Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806) devoted to his land long ago. Cultivation of this orchard began in 2008 with a variety of fruit trees similar to what Banneker grew. He may have also collected wild fruits and nuts from native trees on his land. You will find some of these trees in the orchard as well.

Banneker was six years old when his father purchased 100 acres of this land in 1737. Banneker lived here for the rest of his life. Banneker's journal tells us that when he was 67 years old he planted 170 pear "sprouts" in late November of 1798. Banneker's neighbors wrote of how he planted cherry, peach, and apple trees in his orchard. Perhaps he made apple or pear cider to drink and sell as folks do today. Banneker cared for the trees and then harvested the fruit. He surely enjoyed eating fresh fruit over the summer and early fall. He may have sold the extra fruit to neighbors and folks in the local town, Ellicott Mills.

Banneker set ;up honey bee hives to help pollinate his trees. Bees visit the flowers, spreading pollen from tree to tree. The trees can then grow fruit. His beehives produced honey that Banneker enjoyed and perhaps sold to his neighbors. Banneker could also make candles from the beeswax for his house and mead, a strong drink, from the honey.

Wander the orchard

Banneker's Orchard image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, May 13, 2017
2. Banneker's Orchard
and enjoy the smell of tree blossoms and ripening fruit. Apple, peach, pear, cherry, plum and other cultivated fruit trees grow here as well as native trees like black walnut, paw paw, and persimmon. Perhaps you can fine one of the wild pear trees in the park that some say are descended from Banneker's pear "sprouts."
 
Location. 39° 16.199′ N, 76° 46.614′ W. Marker is in Catonsville, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Oella Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Catonsville MD 21228, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stone Farmhouse (a few steps from this marker); Robert Bannaky (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Benjamin Banneker (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Benjamin Banneker (approx. 0.4 miles away); The George Ellicott House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Oella (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ellicott’s Mills (approx. 0.9 miles away); Road Versus Rails (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Catonsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Benjamin Banneker - Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 17, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park website. (Submitted on May 17, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 144 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 17, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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