John Kline Homestead to Dedicate Replica of 19th Century Kitchen Garden

Paul Roth shares 19th century style candy at the John Kline Homestead booth at the 2013 Annual Conference.
Photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford
Paul Roth shares 19th century style candy at the John Kline Homestead booth at the 2013 Annual Conference. A new 19th century kitchen garden at the historic home of Civil War-era Brethren elder John Kline will be dedicated with a Garden Party on Sept. 15 in Broadway, Va.

The John Kline Homestead in Broadway, Va., will host a “Garden Party” to dedicate its new kitchen garden on Sunday, Sept. 15. The site is the historic home of Elder John Kline, a Brethren leader and martyr for peace during the Civil War.

The Garden Party will include a brief service, shape-note singing, tours of the house, and refreshments. Harvey’s of Bridgewater will serve ice cream flavored with ingredients grown on the homestead property. Events start at 4 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Kitchen gardens were critical to 19th-century households. They were a specialized form of cultivation that grew a variety of foods for the family table. The fencing and lay-out of the gardens were particularly distinct. The Kline Homestead has created a replica of these plots.

The John Kline Homestead endeavors to preserve Kline’s memory as a 19th-century Brethren minister who led the Linville Creek congregation in Broadway. Kline established a reputation for service to the church and community, commitment to peace, and anti-slavery views.

For more information contact Paul Roth at proth@bridgewater.edu or 540-896-5001.