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Freedom's GardenerJames F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America$
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Myra B. Young Armstead

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814705100

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814705100.001.0001

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A Gardening Career

A Gardening Career

(p.54) 4 A Gardening Career
Freedom's Gardener

Myra B. Young Armstead

NYU Press

This chapter details how James F. Brown moved up the proverbial occupational ladder as he worked his way from the bottom to the top with increasingly skilled labor. Shortly after arriving in New York, he began work as a waiter for the Verplancks in their Manhattan residence, probably from 1826 through the end of 1828. By the start of 1829, when he began his diary and was living with the Verplancks at Mount Gulian, Brown worked chiefly as family coachman but also performed gardening and general household duties. In 1836 he achieved the status of master gardener and a comfortable existence. His steady advances as a laborer permitted him to become a homeowner. He was also able to enjoy a range of spectator amusements, including exhibits of live Indian warriors, exhibits on magnetism, a boat race, a trotting match, and fireworks.

Keywords:   James F. Brown, mater gardener, gardening, Verplancks, coachman, homeowner

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