The Original Garden: This concentric circle garden was created during the earliest years of the house, around 1844-48, and initially consisted of a circle of cedar trees enclosed raised brick beds inside of which would have been privet garden hedges with a magnolia tree at the center. Following the Civil War, the grounds were no longer as meticulously maintained, and the cedar trees that have grown inside the brick beds are volunteer trees that grew up on their own. Faulkner greatly appreciated the Gothic effect created by the trees here, and it was within this garden that he told children was buried Judith Sheegog, a young lady who reputedly threw herself off the front balcony of the house upon learning she would become an old maid. (Faulkner later told them he had made the story up.)

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