Another camera-walk in town revealed a secret garden. Well, secret to me since I have not visited there in some time. As I walked through the gates to the Stonewall Jackson House rear entrance, I was taken by a brilliant flower show. Whereas most things are fading about now, the cloistered Jackson House garden is still thriving in spite of our flagging summer season.
Although visitors come to tour the home of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (of Civil War fame), there is a tendency to discount the wonderful kitchen garden at the back of his house on Washington Street. I wandered into that place where he actually enjoyed participating in the planting and cultivating.
Jackson’s historic garden space is small, but contains a generous variety of heritage fruits, vegetables and rose bushes, all delightful to the eye, each in its own season, and all manned by dedicated volunteers. I think it is a lovely prelude to entering the house, itself, where he lived prior to the Civil War with his second wife, Mary Anna Morrison. It is told that he was accidentally shot by his own men in friendly fire and died in the war at the age of 39.
- General Stonewall Jackson recognized for raw determination (waronterrornews.typepad.com)