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The Victory Garden at Andrew’s Legacy

During  World War I and World War II, the government called upon its citizens to raise vegetables, fruits and herbs in their yards to help reduce the pressure on public food supply brought about by shortages caused by the war. These gardens were called “Victory Gardens” because of their link to the war effort. At that time it was estimated that one third of the vegetables produced in the United States came from Victory Gardens. In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort, these gardens served to boost morale and help people feel empowered by contributing to the national good and rewarding them by the direct fruits of their own labor. The US War Dept. made the connection that by lowering demand for fruits and vegetables it would lower the price and better enable the government to feed the troups, freeing up funds for military equipment.

And during WWII, the MacNish family rose to their patriotic duty and planted a victory garden. They raised many varieties of fruits and vegetables and canned them for the winter or stored them in the root cellar (an unheated subterranean basement, with no living space over it, specifically designed to store root vegetables.) And the MacNishes never stopped. They continued to turn the soil and produce a crop year after year. There is a shoe box in the attic filled with indian arrow heads and tomahawk heads that were found in the ground when the soil was turned for the garden.

Over the years the garden has expanded and contracted in size, but it never went away, making it one of the few Victory Gardens that remains in continuous cultivation in the United States. At Andrew’s Legacy, we are proud of this fact and we always refer to it as “our Victory Garden.”

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A poster promoting Victory gardens and giving information on how people can get free books from the government on how to plant, dry and can.

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Andrew’s Legacy’s Victory Garden, shown with tomatoes, eggplant, squash, basil, cutting flowers and ornamental plants.


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Life on the Front Porch.

Over the years the popularity of a having a front porch, or any porch at all has risen and fallen in the United States. 100 years ago, few houses were built without them. This was for a lot of reasons. One of them being the lack of air conditioning necessitated a “civilized” outdoor area to cool off, out of doors and out of the sun, but still close enough to the comforts of home. Many wrap-around porches ended at a door to the dining room with an area large enough to hold the table, making it easy for the meal to move from the dining room to the porch. The porch was also a transitional area, a half-way point between the outdoors and the indoors. Umbrellas could be closed without getting your head wet or splashing water around the foyer. Strangers could be met in relative comfort, while putting the homeowner at ease. Passers-by could be greeted, or you could just sit and read a good book or take a nap. The decline of the porch started in the 30s and the porch all but disappeared by the late 50s. Porches were so unpopular that many of them were removed in the 60s. The fact that porches can be difficult and costly to maintain because of their exposure to the environment is often cited as the reason for their removal. The Macnish’s at Andrew’s Legacy were no exception to that trend, the front porch of the house was removed in the late 60s and the faced was altered to the then popular colonial revival look. But our front porch experiences a revival as well, and when we were doing the renovation for the Bed and Breakfast we decided to put the porch back on. Following the original blueprints of the house and old pictures, the porch was restored to its original specifications, with a notable alteration, we decided to make it wrap around. And we are very glad we did restore it. Not only did it significantly alter the look of the house in a positive and dramatic way, but we found we love it as a great place to entertain, hang-out and relax. Guests love the porch, they can sit in the rockers at the front and watch the world go by while enjoy breakfast or coffee, relax in the wicker chairs on the side, or take a nap in the hammock on the other side. We have had great fun with friends who drop by for impromptu wine and cheese parties on the porch, and it was the hub of our ice cream social and garden tours. The relaxation and leisure of the porch also inspires romance as it’s a place where more than few marriage proposals have taken place. So come out to Andrew’s legacy and experience life on our porch.

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Here is a compilation of an picture of the house in around 1930, showing the facade with the porch, just as it looked at that time. The second picture is a computer rendering of what the house would look like with a wrap around porch based on the same design. The third picture is a “during” shot of what the porch looked like during construction , and the final shot is what it looks like finished.

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Here is a montage of the porch during construction.

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Nothing says relax, like huge Boston ferns hanging on the porch in moss-lined wire baskets.

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A guest enjoys a good book in the wicker furniture in the shade of the porch.

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Guests rock and relax in the rockers on the porch.

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The porch, all decked out for fourth of July.

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The hammock, waiting for a good nap.

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The porch, decorated for an ice cream social we held a few years ago.

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Another area of the porch during the ice cream social.

 


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