Thomaston in Knox County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
The Oval Garden and Willow Pond
Knox’s letters and financial papers specifically note the presence of an oval-shaped garden, a key feature to the landscape plan. The garden will contain plants such as rosebushes, lilacs and bleeding hearts, and will have brick walkways, an arbor, boxwood beds and provide a beautiful public space for visitors to enjoy.
“The General has a garden fence ovally. Indeed, circles and semi-circles in his fences, etc. seem to be all the mode here.”
- Journal of the Reverend Paul Coffin
15 August 1796
A focal point of the hiking and biking trails that wind through the property, the Willow Pond will be located behind the Oval garden. Willow trees will outline the pond just as they did at the original Montpelier, providing a quiet place for reflection.
“ . . . part of it should be planted a pretty thicket of willows – under
them and on the bank and edges of the pond your wood ducks would
do well, if any could be got for you .”
- Joseph Pierce to Knox,
28 December 1794
Location. 44° 4.903′ N, 69° 10.09′ W. Marker is in Thomaston, Maine, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street (Maine Route Touch for map. Marker is located behind 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. General Henry Knox’s Estate (a few steps from this marker); Heirloom Vegetable and Fruit Garden, Barn and Orchard (within shouting distance of this marker); Terraces, Overlook and Allées (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 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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 proposed oval gardens and willow pond 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 66 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.