ELIZABETHTOWN-As the Essex County Adirondack Garden Club withdraws from stewardship of the The Colonial Garden, the Essex County Adirondack History Center will be resuming the care and maintenance for its property. The property is owned by the History Center.
Early this spring, representative members from each organization met to determine ultimate responsibilities for the ongoing care of the Garden. Since 1965, the Garden Club has contributed most of the efforts and costs required to maintain this unique adaptation of a garden enjoyed by Henry V at Hampton Court, England, fencing from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate, rear gates and walls similar to those in the colonial capital in Williamsburg and rear benches and benches copied from Mount Vernon.
Members of the Garden Club cited costs and a diminished interest among its membership. The small numbers in the Garden Club added that the membership had decided after decades of responsibility that membership interests had changed and now focused on other types of community service.