The Talbot County Garden Club (TCGC) recently donated $10,000 towards the restoration of Joseph’s Cottage, the home of Joseph Neall, an 18th century cabinetmaker, on the grounds of the Talbot County Historical Society in Easton. Funds were made possible by the recent, successful Talbot County Tour of the Maryland Home & Garden Pilgrimage, which drew more than 1,000 visitors despite miserable weather.
TCGC began its association with the Historical Society in 1956 when it contributed funds to purchase the 1804 home of Joseph’s brother, James. Both Nealls were Quakers and early Abolitionists.The two cottages are located in the rear of the Society’s pubic gardens.
“There is a lot of history connected to this property,” noted Al Silverstein, Talbot Historical Society’s vice president.
Joseph’s Cottage could take up to 18 months to restore. When it’s finished, it will open it as a tour site and exhibition area. That’s when TCGC begins to work its magic.
“We look forward to the day when the cottage restoration is complete,” said TCGC President Carolyn Rugg, “so we can begin planning for the gardens to grace it, to ensure the Historical Society Garden endures as a horticultural gem within the Town of Easton.”
Proceeds from the Talbot County Tour also help fund TCGC programs that include work in this and other Easton gardens and green spaces, free public lectures, children’s programs, holiday decorations, and floral donations to Meals on Wheels, Hospice, Talbot Interfaith Shelter, and more.