This garden is being started in the spring of 2017. The focus here is to create what a typical shopkeeper living over a store between 1814 through the Civil War may have grown out back to help sustain their family or possibly even sell in the store.
At the early stages before starting research has been to find out what was grown and the manner in which it was done. The garden will represent the utilitarian side of gardening of the period and a dose of a pleasure garden along the street side where there might have been a little showing off of the latest and best flowers available in early 19th century. The garden paths will be laid in a combination of leftover brick and stone which would have been commonly used in kitchen like gardens and preferable to tracking in mud.
Although Chepachet is considered today to be one of the more rural parts of Rhode Island it was a bustling town center when the store was in business. The Job Armstrong store was one of many that once lined Maine Street so space was at a premium for businesses.
This garden when complete will be a good educational example of gardening in small spaces.