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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 letting our IB Human Geography class come tour the Joel Lane house. I really enjoyed learning about how high-class people lived back them. I was surprised to hear that they were always working and had no time to themselves. I was also shocked at the size of the beds. They were so small! You two really played good parts and made me feel like I was really back in those times.

Henley