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Ticonderoga in Essex County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Breaking Ground

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2018
1. Breaking Ground Marker
Inscription.        Inspired by the 18th-century military gardens Sarah G. T. Pell established the first ornamental garden on this site as the fort was being reconstructed. In 1912 Alfred Bossom, who designed the reconstruction, enclosed the flower garden with a rustic wall. Using flawed bricks and randomly incorporating stones he created the impression of a romantic, antique structure.

      The space within these walls became known as the “King’s Garden,” a reference to the jardin du Roi planted by the French defenders of Carillon. Around 1920 Sarah hired Marian Cruger Coffinto design a new garden plan. Coffin was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the first practicing female landscape architects in the United States.

      Coffin’s carefully planned garden became a place of quiet retreat for the Pell family, removed from activity of the reconstructed fort. It was also a place of entertainment for distinguished visitors and guests. Guided tours of the garden were offered to the public for the first time in 1967. In the late 1990s the garden was restored to follow Coffin’s original plan from
Breaking Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2018
2. Breaking Ground Marker
the 1920s.

      The restored King’s Garden opened daily to the public for the first time in 2001. Today the garden is maintained according to Coffin’s design, a living reminder of yet another era of Ticonderoga’s rich history.
 
Location. 43° 50.511′ N, 73° 23.102′ W. Marker is in Ticonderoga, New York, in Essex County. Marker is at the King's Garden on the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ticonderoga NY 12883, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lord & Burnham Estate Greenhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Breaking Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Garrison Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic English Gate (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Layered Legacy (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named A Layered Legacy (about 500 feet away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (about 700 feet away); Colonel Ethan Allen (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ticonderoga.
 
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker features a photograph of Sarah G. T. Pell in front of Alfred Bossom’s garden wall around 1920.
At the lower right of the marker is a Mid-20th century postcard showing the King’s Garden in bloom, looking west towards the fort.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
Marker at Fort Ticonderoga image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2018
3. Marker at Fort Ticonderoga
Breaking Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2018
4. Breaking Ground Marker
Marker can be seen at the end of the path, near the entrance to the garden.
The King's Garden image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2018
5. The King's Garden
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2018, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 14, 2018, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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