The property surrounding the house contained a grist mill and fields fenced in by cedar rails. In the fields grew wheat, oats, and potatoes. Close to the house there was a vegetable garden, while in a sunny location thyme, mint and other herbs grew.
We try to use heritage seed for most of our plants in our gardens, but some are hybrids of the earlier species that would have been planted. The garden has three main areas: the kitchen gardens, the crop gardens and the orchard area. Flower gardens are scattered throughout the site, highlighting some of the species popular in earlier times.
The heritage gardens enable visitors to see how our forefathers gardened without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers while providing herbs, fruits and vegetables for use in educational programs and interpretation.