Heirloom Garden

Today many people refer to gardening as a hobby but in the mid- 19th Century the majority of families depended on a kitchen garden to augment their diets with a wide variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables and herbs.

In honor of the Lincoln Bicentennial, Lincoln Home has recreated a 19th century kitchen garden featuring a variety of plants that were available in the mid-19th century most of which Abraham Lincoln would have recognized and also dined upon. During your visit look upon the garden see how many plant varieties you recognize.

Volunteer tending to Heirloom Garden
Volunteer tending to Heirloom Garden

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Last updated: April 10, 2015

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