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Hilly’s Garden

This garden is an accurate restoration, based on photographic documentation, of the “Sunken Garden” installed by Senator Butler on the Lower Lawn of the Fisher House property at the end of the Nineteenth Century.  This area of the grounds has historically been wet due to an underground spring that runs from Sheriff’s Meadow to Edgartown Harbor.  Butler utilized this surface water to create an informal garden with a white-columned rose arbor and a dramatic jet of water emerging from the center of the small pond.  He was a Corporator of the Edgartown Water Department and, as the Fisher House was the first property to have town water, the pond fountain served as an advertisement for the new Department.  Today, the garden is one of Edgartown’s hidden gems, a space to enjoy a quiet moment surrounded by flowering plants, in the shade of a century-old American Elm tree.  Named in honor of Hillary Luther, an avid Edgartown gardener, “Hilly’s Garden” was restored in 1999 through contributions from the Luther and Neuhoff families.

Built: 1899

Hilly’s Garden

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