Women's Work in the Gardens at the historic Dover Hotel

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Date: June 5, 2018
Contact: William Fields, 931-232-5706 x 108

Release Date: June 4, 2018
Contact:          William Fields, 931-232-5706 x 108
Women’s Work in the Gardens at the Historic Dover Hotel
Dover, TN: Please join costumed NPS volunteers on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the historic Dover Hotel for presentations about 19th century women and their work in the household and gardens. Youth will enjoy age-appropriate and interactive activities. The program is free and offered from 10 am – 2 pm. Junior Ranger badges and patches will be offered to youth who complete the activities.
Farms and even city-dwellers in nineteenth-century America typically kept small kitchen gardens near the home. It was the responsibility of women and even youngsters to help with the gardening. Flowers, herbs, and vegetables were not necessarily just used for fragrance, bouquets or cooking; often these plants could be used for healing preparations or “home-remedies.”
The Dover Hotel, locally known as the Surrender House, has had a long history—a stopover for riverboat travelers, the site of the 1862 surrender between Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant and Brigadier General Simon B. Bucker, as a private museum, and now a National Register landmark. When it opened to the public under the care of the National Park Service in the early 1980s, local Girls Scouts groups, volunteers, and park staff began to keep flowers, herbs, and native plants in the small garden beds surrounding the structure.
Please join us at the Dover Hotel (Tour Stop #10) on June 16, 101 Petty Street, Dover, TN. For program changes, please visit us at www.nps.gov/fodo or https://www.facebook.com/fortdonelsonnps
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Last updated: June 5, 2018

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