Gardens and Kitchen at Belvoir

Gardens and Kitchen at Belvoir (HMNHF)

Location: Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 40.786', W 77° 7.781'

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Ornamental courtyard gardens were a luxury to create and maintain. The presence of a courtyard garden on an estate indicated the owners were wealthy, educated people. Records show that the garden layout was based upon a garden in Sterling, Scotland. Archeology revealed that the Belvoir courtyard was about 1,000-square feet in size with paths dividing it into equal sections. It is likely that decorative plants, flower beds, and small fruit trees lined these paths.

Two buildings thought to be garden houses, or greenhouses, were located at the northeastern and southeastern corners of the courtyard. These buildings may have been used to store gardening tools, delicate plantings, and other gardening items. The buildings provided an architectural frame for the courtyard garden which was enriched by brick walls. These protected the garden from wild and grazing animals. A similar design was used throughout the colonies and may be seen today at Mount Vernon.

Of necessity Belvoir plantation was self sufficient. It had a kitchen garden where the family grew vegetables. Outside the walled courtyard, the family had an orchard.
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 10:14pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 314749 N 4283393
Decimal Degrees38.67976667, -77.12968333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 40.786', W 77° 7.781'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 40' 47.16" N, 77° 7' 46.86" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10271 Fairfax Dr, Fort Belvoir VA 22060, US
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