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Historical Gardens Package - 2015 Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center. Where History Grows on You.

Springtime is planting time for many of the crops, vegetables and herbs – types grown in the 17th and 18th centuries – cultivated at Jamestown Settlement’s re-created Powhatan Indian village and 1610-14 English colonial fort and at the Yorktown Victory Center’s re-created 1780s farm.  Visitors of all ages may be invited by historical interpreters to help with turning earth, watering and weeding.


Principal crops are corn, a food staple of the Powhatan Indians that English colonists adapted to their diet, planted in early spring, and tobacco, with seedlings planted in mid-spring.  Dozens of varieties of vegetables and herbs used in the 17th and 18th centuries for food, medicine, fabric dye and insect repellant are cultivated year-round at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center.


Peas, carrots, lettuce, chard, onions and radishes are planted in the spring.  Feverfew, wormwood, savory, rosemary, yarrow, coriander, sage, thyme, dill, oregano, chamomile and lemon balm are among the herbs – mostly perennials – grown at both museums.

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