vegetables and herbs for the family and seasonal flowers to decorate the home.
The Farm Museum's Heirloom Garden is a four-square, raised-bed, kitchen garden in the Pennsylvania German
tradition. Heirloom vegetables from three centuries (17th, 18th, and 19th) grow in four main beds. The 19th
century sections reflect the traditions of the Victorian age. The garden border features flowers, herbs,
medicinal plants and dye plants. You will also find here a log smoke house being used as a tool shed, cold
frames, a hand-dug well for watering the plants, and a compost bin.
Windmill and Fish Pond
Next to the Heirloom Garden, a working windmill pumps water from a 300 gallon underground cistern that is fed
by springs. Plants and grasses surround the pond where fish play hide and seek with the visitors.
Flower and Herb Garden
Surrounded by a white picket fence, the garden behind the Farmhouse provides a beautiful place to take time to
smell the roses. These beautiful roses fill one corner of the garden while herbs and perennials line the perimeter.
Annuals add fragrance and color during the summer months when the garden becomes a favorite location for weddings.
Just beyond the Flower and Herb Garden, a plot has been set aside to grow the "staples" of the farmer's garden.
As you peer over the picket fence, you may find potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, corn or pumpkins; vegetables that
would be stored in a cold cellar or carefully canned for use all year long.
The Carroll County Farm Museum Nature Trail follows the contours of two rock quarries and is bisected by a tributary
of the Little Pipe Creek. Request a copy of the Nature Trail Guide to enhance your experience as you discover trees,
shrubs, and herbaceous species of economic importance to the 19th century farmer.