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Thomaston in Knox County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Heirloom Vegetable and Fruit Garden, Barn and Orchard

Knox Museum

 
 
Heirloom Vegetable and Fruit Garden, Barn and Orchard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2017
1. Heirloom Vegetable and Fruit Garden, Barn and Orchard Marker
Inscription.
In keeping with its mission to “honor the life and times of Henry Knox and the heritage of Montpelier,” the Knox Museum is working to implement a landscape program for its campus, developed in collaboration with Richardson & Associates Landscape Architects, featuring designs and plants noted in Henry Knox’s records.

Here lies the future site of the heirloom vegetable and fruit garden designed to feature plants that would have been found in Henry’s own garden. His financial papers note receipts for vegetable seeds such as pumpkins, beans, spinach and broccoli, among many others.

The kitchen garden I would have east of the house and about 100 yards from the house . . . collect a great number of roots of the wild strawberries and plant them in the garden, and also the raspberry.”
Knox to Thomas Vose, 12 April 1794

A barn will be located behind
the vegetable garden and orchard to house a multi-purpose community space for events, classes and gatherings, and to provide storage.

Around the vegetable garden, an orchard will be developed, again based upon Knox’s detailed records, to plant specific varieties of apple, pear, peach, and cherry trees. It will extend in front of Cole House and also around the far side of the garden to the barn.

Heirloom Vegetable and Fruit Garden, Barn and Orchard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2017
2. Heirloom Vegetable and Fruit Garden, Barn and Orchard Marker
I have ordered a considerable number of fruit trees to be sent to you in order to be planted out this fall in the place designed for the garden – I am desirous that the spot should be pitched upon for the garden, upon the slope of the hill toward Mill river . . . ”
Knox to Thomas Vose, 20 October 1793
(Marker Number 11.)
 
Location. 44° 4.914′ N, 69° 10.103′ W. Marker is in Thomaston, Maine, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street (Maine Route 131) and Main Street (U.S. 1), on the left when traveling south on High Street. 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. The Oval Garden and Willow Pond (within shouting distance of this marker); Terraces, Overlook and Allées (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 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Encampment Site
Marker at the Knox Estate image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2017
3. Marker at the Knox Estate
(about 400 feet away); Welcome to Thomaston, Maine, the Town That Went to Sea (approx. ¾ mile away); The Builders, the Captains and the Seamen of Thomaston Ships (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thomaston.
 
More about this marker. A plan for the Knox estate showing the Cole House, barn and the proposed gardens and orchards 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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Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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