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Wye Plantation 1940-1985

Former owner:
Paca, William 1740-1799
Houghton, Arthur Amory, Jr. 1906-1990
Landscape architect:
O'Dio, Luke
Shurcliff, Arthur A (Arthur Asahel) 1870-1957
Webel, Richard K.
Physical description:
1 folder+ 7 35 mm. slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Maryland, Queen Anne's County, Queenstown
Maryland
Queenstown
Wye Plantation (Queenstown, Maryland)
Date:
1940
1940-1985
Notes:
Wye Plantation was originally the farm and summer home of William Paca, twice governor of Maryland and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The gardens were designed for Paca by Luke O'Dio, an English landscape architect, in the 1780s. After years of neglect the property was purchased by Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., in late 1937. Restoration of the gardens began in 1938 under the direction of Arthur Shurcliff (Shurtleff) of Boston and was continued after his death in 1957 by Richard K. Webel of the firm Innocenti & Webel of New York. With the exception of two terraces placed to the west of the original gardens all of the terraces are original. Of the original plantings all but three European lindens and two large English yew trees have disappeared. The original house was razed in 1970 and a new house built on the same site in 1972. In 1979 the property was donated to the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies.
Persons associated with the garden include: William Paca (former owner, before 1799); Luke O'Dio (landscape architect, 1780s); Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. (former owner, 1937-1979); Arthur A. Shurcliff (Shurtleff) (landscape architect, 1938-1957); and Richard K. Webel (landscape architect, after 1957).
Summary:
The folder includes a worksheet, garden plans, correspondence, and photocopies of information about the garden and Arthur A. Houghton, Jr.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in the American Boxwood Society Newsletter, July 1985
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
MD187000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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