United States of America, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Pottsville
Schaeffer Garden (Pottsville, Pennsylvania)
This hillside site, complementing a Colonial Revival house and carriage house, featured both a formal design and terraces. Accents included a sundial, rusticwork furniture, and numerous walkways, stone walls, and stairs. Other areas of the garden were allowed to retain a more natural atmosphere featuring trees and shrubs. The house was built by the Schaeffer family and is still in private hands.
It isn't clear whether Thomas Sears designed this garden (if so, it would have been quite early in his career) or simply photographed it. Of some interest, however, are the four images for which both lantern slides and source negatives (by Sears) are present. Identification of the site and images was facilitated by David Derbes of the Historical Society of Schuylkill County.
Persons associated with the garden include the Schaeffer family (former owners, ca. 1909).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of correspondence, and other information.