Farm Museum gardens: 1850 - 1880
I am glad to see this forum. I live in an 1885 farmhouse in the Midwest (Jackson County, MI) and I am the chairperson for the garden committee for the local Farm Museum. We are trying to restore and maintain the gardens for an 1880 farmhouse and an 1850 log house along with other buildings that comprise the museum grounds. The museum was established in the early 1960's and is run completely by volunteers. I have been involved for 3 years now. We have many beds and plantings that contain undocumented plants, many "donated" by the community. Therefore, I have no idea of their legitimacy for an 1880 garden. All of the buildings have at least some foundation plantings, also likely not true to the period, but quite lovely. The grounds are covered with mature black walnut trees, appropriate for the time but presenting quite a challenge. I will definitely come back here to vent and look for advice.
Here is a link that might be useful: farm museum