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Urbanna in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Backyard Garden Was Essential

 
 
The Backyard Garden Was Essential Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 16, 2010
1. The Backyard Garden Was Essential Marker
Inscription. The quiet landscape you see today was once teeming with activity.

There was a garden behind the store that provided vegetables for home use and possibly for sale or trade. There was a larger garden area as well, which was probably tended by slaves.

There was livestock here, too, including chickens, hogs, cattle and ducks.

Just like in your backyard at home, men and women sought refuge from the hot summer sun under the shade tree. They'd catch up on the news, admire a new item just purchased from the store or make plans for the future.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network.
 
Location. 37° 38.181′ N, 76° 34.386′ W. Marker is in Urbanna, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Old Virginia Street near Cross Street (Virginia Route 227). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Urbanna VA 23175, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Hub For Commerce (a few steps from this marker); Old Tobacco Warehouse (a few steps from this marker); Prettyman’s Rolling Road (within shouting distance of this marker); John Mitchell’s Map (within shouting
Machinery image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 16, 2010
2. Machinery
Probably used in the garden.
distance of this marker); Tobacco Was Money (within shouting distance of this marker); Sandwich (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Middlesex County Courthouse (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smith’s Snapshot (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Urbanna.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Places
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 530 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.
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