The Bethabara Gardens are beautiful, historically significant places to explore. When the Moravians settled Bethabara in the early 1750s, one of the first things they established were the gardens. The “Kitchen Garden,” now called the Community Garden, was established in 1759 and worked by everyone to produce food for the community. Bethabara’s Community Garden is the only known, well-documented colonial community garden in the United States.
The Medicinal Garden contained plants that were used to treat stomach aches, headaches, and, most commonly, intestinal worms, which were significant ailments to both people and livestock in the 18th century. The Pollinator Garden (link to jump to that spot on the page) was not planted by the Moravians, but this new garden preserves their tradition and values of respecting and understanding of the balance of nature.