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The Formal Garden

The formal garden is situated behind Joel Lane’s home. It is not believed that Joel Lane possessed such a garden with its clipped hedges and brick parterres. Most likely, his back yard was a typical farm’s swept ground with chickens and other farm animals on the place. He certainly would have grown fruit trees like the pomegranates, grapes, figs, apples, and pear trees grown here.

Today the garden makes a beautiful backdrop for special events with a generous shaded area created by the four golden rain trees.
image This plan was created by Donald Parker of Colonial Williamsburg in the 1970s.


What visitors say

Thank you so much for leading us on a guided tour of the Joel Lane House! I had no idea that the kitchen was separate from the main house, and how different the two are. I had always assumed that the most dangerous job for a slave was in the fields, but your expertise showed me that the kitchen (because of the heat and potential for fire) was actually the most dangerous for a slave woman…

Maggie