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Oldtown in Forsyth County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Medical Gardens 1761

(reconstructed)

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, February 22, 2012
1. Medical Gardens 1761 Marker
Inscription. The first Medical Garden (Hortus Medicus) was planted here in 1756 for Dr. Hans Martin Kalberlahn. This reconstruction is based upon the Christian Gottlieb Reuter map of Dr. August Schuberts' 1761 garden. The map indicates the plants for each bed. The garden is the earliest known well-documented colonial medical garden in America.

"Toward evening a man came from fifty miles away for medicine for his sick wife, but this time Br. Kalberlahn could not furnish it"."

Bethabara Diary, 1754.

"Next day a medicinal garden was laid out for Br. Kalberlahn."
Memorabilia of Outward Affairs, October, 1756.
 
Erected by Historic Bethabara Park.
 
Location. 36° 9.37′ N, 80° 17.95′ W. Marker is in Oldtown, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Marker can be reached from Bethabara Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winston Salem NC 27106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Community Garden 1759 (a few steps from this marker); Historic Bethabara Park 1753 (a few steps from this marker); Summerhouse 1759 (a few steps from this marker);
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By Michael C. Wilcox, February 22, 2012
2. Medical Gardens 1761 Marker
New Tavern Well 1755 (a few steps from this marker); New Bethabara Tavern 1775 (a few steps from this marker); First Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Community and Medical Gardens (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethabara Tavern 1757 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oldtown.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Categories. AgricultureColonial EraScience & MedicineSettlements & Settlers
 
Medical Gardens image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 22, 2012
3. Medical Gardens
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 14, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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