United States of America, New York, Dutchess County, Beacon
Mount Gulian (Beacon, New York)
Mount Gulian is the Hudson Valley homestead of the Verplanck family. The original house dated to the early 18th century; an addition was built in the 19th century. In 1931 a fire completely destroyed the home, which has been reconstructed and is now open to the public. The gardens at Mount Gulian have a long history. Between 1827 and 1866 they were managed by James F. Brown, an escaped slave from Maryland. In 1880 Virginia Eliza Verplanck, wife of William E., began her long stewardship of the gardens, focusing especially on the cultivation of roses. She also wrote two books describing the gardens and her experiences with them. Following the 1931 fire the gardens became severely overgrown, but since 1995 a major restoration project, relying heavily on Virginia Verplanck's documentation, has led to their recovery.
Persons associated with the garden include Virginia Eliza Verplanck and William E. Verplanck (former owners, ca. 1880-1931) and James Brown (gardener, 1827-1866).
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of book excerpts, printouts from websites, and other information.
Garden has been featured in Virginia Eliza Everett Verplanck, A Year in my Garden: A Manual on the Culture of Flowers, Vegetables and Fruits (New York: Williams Printing Company, 1909)
Garden has been featured in Virginia Eliza Everett Verplanck, Every Day in my Garden: A Practical Guide for the Cultivation of Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables (New York: William R. Jenkins Company, 1913)
Garden has been featured in Myra B. Young Armstead, Freedom's Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America (New York: NYU Press, 2012)