Thomaston in Knox County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Terraces, Overlook and Allées
Two-tiered terraces will flank either side of the main entrance to Montpelier, giving a greater presence to the mansion. The walkway up to the front door will also be extended, and serve (as) a guide to visitors toward the new overlook. The overlook will provide a view of Thomaston as well as a view to the location of the original Montpelier along the St. George River.
“His house is admirable situated, looking south, almost directly down Georges River, which makes a kind of bay, and salt water here. The river itself empties below his house. . . ”
Journal of the Reverend Paul Coffin,
15 August 1796, about the original
Trees planted in rows as Knox had requested in his landscaping notes will be placed on either side of the terraces and of Montpelier as two allées extending back to the Oval Garden. The trees will be of varieties noted in his writings, such as ash, elm, and spruce trees.
“None of these however to be less than
six inches diameter, and planted in rows,
so as to form an avenue or vista.”
Knox to Thomas Vose (?),
12 November 1795
Location. 44° 4.904′ N, 69° 10.127′ W. Touch for map. Marker is located next to the Knox Mansion. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 High Street, Thomaston ME 04861, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heirloom Vegetable and Fruit Garden, Barn and Orchard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Oval Garden and Willow Pond (within shouting distance of this marker); General Henry Knox’s Estate (within shouting distance of this marker); The Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Revere Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Encampment Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Thomaston, Maine, the Town That Went to Sea (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Builders, the Captains and the Seamen of Thomaston Ships (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thomaston.
More about this marker. A plan for the Knox estate showing the terraces and walls in front of Montpelier appears on the marker.
Also see . . . Henry Knox Museum. (Submitted on July 15, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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