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Cornwall -- Gannett Garden

Object Details

Former Title
The Farm
The present owners established the garden in 1962 by planting the hemlock hedge north of the house and 250 blue spurce along the western boundary to screen the property from the railroad and the town road. The property was a small (55 acres) dairy farm until the Prestons sold it in 1926 to two silent film actors, who named it "The Farm." Some still call it "The Preston Place." The upper meadows on the high ground reverted to forest criss-crossed by stone walls. The three neglected barns have been rebuilt. The current gardens comprise cultivated beds along Preston Brook, three bridges, shade and perennial gardens, daylily walks, a rhododendron grove, a dahlia field, and five animal sculptures.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: Samuel Wickwire family (former owners, 1776-1820); James F. Bradford family (former owners, 1820-1842); Alanson Preston family (former owners, 1842-1926); Donald Cameron and James Morrison (former owners, 1926-1961); and Denis Curtiss (sculptor, ongoing).
Millbrook Garden Club
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Gannett Garden (West Cornwall, Connecticut)
United States of America -- Connecticut -- Litchfield County -- Cornwall -- West Cornwall
Gardens -- Connecticut -- West Cornwall
Gardening in the shade
Millbrook Garden Club
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Connecticut
A project to describe images in this finding aid received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care Initiative, administered by the National Collections Program.
Custodial History
Milbrook (NY) Garden Club facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
AAG.GCA, File CT339
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Collection Rights
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Scope and Contents
The folder includes a work sheet and site plan.
Collection Restrictions
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Related Materials
Gannett Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (13 35 mm. slides)
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Record ID
Cornwall -- Gannett Garden
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