A particular highlight of any visit, the gardens and landscape areas of Old Salem have been a point of pride for the town for centuries. Today, the complex includes the Miksch family backyard garden, the sprawling garden of the Single Brothers' House and more.
The Garden of Miksch House exemplifies early gardening at the time, and the central role of the garden in the 1700 and 1800s. The House, built in 1771, was originally owned by Matthew Miksch, who was trained in the old European gardening techniques. Gardens were organized in large squares that were planted with seasonal vegetables.Fences were fashioned from espaliered fruit trees, and beds were bordered with flowers and herbs.
Garden on the Triebel Lot
Although the home this garden belongs to no longer stands, the Triebel Lot Garden was designed according to 1759 records. The records are some of the oldest garden plans in the country and are housed in the Museum's collections. The plots are arranged in squares, with the plants laid out in diagonal lines across the squares. Also known as a kitchen garden, these were usually planted with a variety of vegetables and herbs, with fruit trees lining the back of the house lot.
Single Brothers' Garden
First laid by the Single Brothers' Choir in 1769, this garden is located at the back of the Single Brothers' House and Workshop. It was originally used to feed the dozens men and boys of the choir who lived there, and is another example of a kitchen garden. Its award winning restoration includes apple and cherry trees along the perimeter, as they once would have been, as well as squares sown with seasonal produce such as beets, cabbage, peanuts, melons, oats and buckwheat.
Family Gardens of Salt Street
A collection of gardens recreated along Salt Street, these backyards represent what the average family might have had growing prior to the mid-1800s. These examples vary, from the Leinbach Garden which had room and crops for the livestock kept there, to the Cape Fear Bank Garden, a banker's family garden which was planted more with flowers than with vegetables. This variety shows the transitioning times and variation of lifestyle present in the area at the time. Photo:
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