The gardens of the Thomas Dodge House Museum |
These photos were sent to us by Marcia Hawthorne who is the caretaker for the Thomas Dodge Museum.
The photographer is Peter Zwerlien, Director of the Port Washington Water Pollution Control District.
The District owns the Dodge land and leases it to the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society for $1/year. Peter is Marcia's "guardian angel" ... always on call for any kind of emergency. He's also a Master Gardener and has contributed a lot of his time and energy to the gardens.
To see each photo in a larger format, just click on the photo below.
Read about the Thomas Dodge Museum
|The photos on either side are of the beginnings of this years vegetable garden. The produce is gathered in abundance and given to the shareholders of the garden. See text at the bottom of page sent to us by Marcia Hawthorne.|
|The three photographs above are of the beautiful
Click on the photos to view these beautiful flowers in larger format.
I'm taking this opportunity to bring you up to date on Thomas Dodge House doings.
As we begin our second year of the Community Garden looking back over our first season, we've expanded the number of shareholders to four times what it was last year.
If I didn't explain before, a shareholder pays $50 and for that gets about 8 lbs. of fresh organic vegetables, herbs and wild flowers throughout the growing season. The money is used to pay for seeds, manure, etc. and supports our donating about half of the total produce to Plant a Row for the Hungry - a national organization for distributing food to those in need.
Our produce is distributed right here in Port Washington through St. Peter's Church and Our Lady of Fatima.
Production last season far exceeded our expectations so, God willing, we won't have any trouble filling the shareholders' baskets.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of giving a tour of the museum and grounds to Kenneth Dodge (yes, a real Dodge) and his wife, Margaret. What fun to welcome him "home."
The bad news is that the Tristam Dodge House on the other side of the peninsula is scheduled for demolition. As you can guess, it's all political, all about money. However, nothing will happen for about a year and a half so we (all of Port Washington and surrounding areas) can do our best to raise public awareness of what is happening to yet another of our historic homes. Please send me your snail-mail address so I can send you the articles about it. Perhaps there is something the Dodge Family Foundation can do.
NOTE from DFA: Unfortunately, the Dodge Family Association does not have a 'Foundation' for helping save buildings, cemeteries, etc. We subsist solely on dues by our members which just covers the cost of this website, and producing a Dodge newsletter, entitled, "The Dodge Family Journal". We are in hopes that at some point we will be able to have a foundation that might possibly be funded by money left to us in people's wills.