War of 1812 International Peace Garden
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When Betsey Delord lived at the house, she took pride in her gardens. She wrote letters to her granddaughter about her flowers,with advice about how to take care of her own flowers.
Inside the intricate picket fence at the front of the Museum, visitors will see the formal, geometric style garden originally laid out in 1812 by Henry Delord’s friend, a U.S. Army engineer and mapmaker, Lieutenant de Russey.
Labeled on Henry’s map as “My Wife and Frances’ Flower Garden,” this formal, geometric style garden was maintained here for well over 100 years. By the mid 1970s the defining pattern of the garden had all but disappeared.
The Kent-Delord House Museum Garden Club, established in 1986, took on the recreation of this formal garden as one of its first tasks. After several years of research, a 1914 pamphlet photograph was discovered clearly showing the geometric design of this garden. The caption claimed that the “garden is still maintained in its original form.” Flower varieties used in this garden are taken from letters and lists in the Museum’s archives or are varieties appropriate to the 19th and early 20th century.
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Experience Plattsburgh the way the Delords once did and visit the Kent-Delord House Museum!
The gardens are handicapped accessible. The museum is open:
May-June: Tuesday-Friday from 10AM-4PM
July-August: Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM-4PM
September: Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM-4PM
2013 Garden Improvements
The Kent-Delord House Museum Garden Club made some great improvements to the gardens this year! Besides the gorgeous gardens, they redid the slate paths that travel through the gardens. These improvements do not just make the gardens look better than ever, but also make the Museum grounds and gardens more handicap accessible.
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