Thursday, July 24, 2014

The King’s Garden

Warrensburg, New York High 75 Low 50

It was a little cooler today and we had a lot of lightning and rain last evening.

We went through the King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga.

The first garden was planted to feed the troops in 1756. In 1820, New York businessman William Ferris Peel, planted a garden on the same spot to complement his summer home-turned hotel, The Pavilion.

By the 1900’s, The Pavilion, grounds, and the Fort ruins were neglected, prompting Stephen and Sarah Peel to preserve them. In July 1909, the partially restored Fort was open to visitors and the Pavilion became their private summer residence. A new garden soon followed.

Marian Coffin was hired in 1920 to redesign the walled garden. She arranged the features of the Garden so when viewed from the raised porch, the overall effect would be that of a Turkish carpet.
By 1988 the family no longer used the Pavilion. The Garden slumbered while needs at the Fort itself were addressed. In 1997 The Fort Ticonderoga Association began restoring the Garden using Coffin’s surviving detailed plan.

The Garden was a pleasure to visit, and while we were there we were entertained by the Marching Band, and then a tour guide talked about the highlights of the Garden.

I have also included some picture we took on the way to and from the Fort.

Tomorrow we leave for Ben and Jerry’s in Vermont.

Thanks for visiting.


  1. So glad you got to enjoy the Fort and the Kings Garden. Oh yummy Ben and Jerry's! New mission for me today, must pick up some Ben and Jerry's Red Velvet Cake ice cream. Thanks for the reminder. Safe travels.