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Grimshaw Glen, 2015

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Former owner:
Grimshaw, Benjamin
Grimshaw, Sarah
Grimshaw, William
Grimshaw, Jane
Grimshaw, Robert
Grimshaw, Beulah
Provenance:
Carrie T. Watson Garden Club
Physical description:
1 folder+ 19 digital images
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Pennsylvania, Erie, North East
Pennsylvania
North East
Grimshaw Glen (North East, Pennsylvania)
Date:
2015
Notes:
This property has been owned by members of the Grimshaw family since the Civil War and has been the site of a water-powered woolen mill, a cider mill, and a winery. The one-acre garden still has mature nut and locust trees planted by previous generations but their fruit trees and plants have been replaced by more than 200 varieties of rhododendron and azaleas and a hosta collection that thrive in the dappled shade. Ivy-draped ruins of industrial buildings remain as does the Craftsman-style family home that was built in stages using wood from the property. In 2015 the current owners purchased the adjacent hill, four acres of vineyards and a winery that were part of the original holding. The tailrace of the old mill has become a bog garden planted with marsh marigold, yellow flag iris, Joe Pye weed, primula and ligularia. Wildflowers border the banks of the creek that runs through the property.
In 1845 a water-powered wool mill was built and business thrived until the mill burned down in 1883. A water-powered cider mill was built on the same location, and due to the proliferation of local concord grape vineyards the business turned to making wine by 1906. Production was halted by Prohibition in 1919 when federal agents were said to have dumped 50,000 gallons of wine into the creek.
Persons associated with the garden include Benjamin and Sarah Grimshaw (former owners, 1864-1873); William and Jane Grimshaw (former owners, 1873-1911); Robert and Beulah Grimshaw (former owners, 1911-1976).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, historical images and a bibliography.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
PA821000
Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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