Morrill’s objective for the
property was to create a gentleman’s villa or small estate. In
landscape designs during early the 1800’s many of the philosophies
were based on English designers and European estate styled plantings.
In such designs, each section of the property had a purpose and a function.
Areas were carefully planned out, and designs of the time incorporated divisions
throughout the property based on the needs of the families. For example, on the
Morrill estate, areas with high use, like the Kitchen Garden, were closer to the
house, and areas that were not used every day, such as the Orchard, were located
further away. Paths were designed based on functionality. For example, some
paths were made wider to accommodate carts and barrows while narrower paths
were made for walking. Morrill’s fascination with horticulture and agriculture
led him to design, develop, and improve his homestead for over 30
The purpose of this project was to
try to recreate Morrill’s gardens and landscape through an
examination of maps and historical documents.The goal was to create a virtual tour that leads
viewers across the Ornamental Lawn, and through the Cookie Cutter
Gardens, the Fleur de Lis (the rose garden), and the Kitchen Garden
near the greenhouse. By virtually walking the paths you will step back in time
and see a recreation of Morrill’s landscape.