This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Col. W. B. Hillyard has the following account of Gov. Brown's grounds in a recent number of the Indiana Farmer:
"Some of the land on Gov. Brown's farm brought over a bale and a half of cotton to the acre, and it had only been ' cow-penned' several years ago. This land is called the ' peach land' of Western Mississippi, as it enjoyed for several years a monopoly in growing that fruit - people supposing that there was some mysterious virtue in the soil, and paying enormous prices comparatively, for it. Here peach growing had, so to speak (its origin as a business on this line of railroad, and here are the pioneers who, some years ago, derided as visionaries by their neighbors, lived to get incredible prices for their fruit; to have given the impetus to what is going to be one of the most profitable and beneficent industries in the south; and to turn the laugh on their scoffers. Here there are twice as many peach trees planted in bearing as there are on the whole line of railroad, besides, perhaps. It is, in fine, the peach station, and no one need take any risks in buying, for peach raising, or, indeed, any fruit and vegetable adapted to the climate. In this vicinity there is plenty of cane, and cattle will keep beef-fat all winter through, without any other food whatever. The Governor told me that his cane would keep fifty head of cattle fat all winter.
He has on his farm over 1,300 acres of land, with miles of fence, a large gin-house, a large number of dwellings, many out-buildings, a magnificent grove of natural growth in the rear of his house, with a considerable growth of the same in the front. Besides, his wife, Mrs. Brown, has a superb collection of flowers, and gardens arranged with all the fondness and care of a most cultivated taste. I judge the buildings could not be put there under ten thousand dollars, and what think you he asks for the plantation? Well, $12.50 per acre would buy the place, which is about giving one the superb land. The houses could be so divided as to make residences for five or six families, with out-houses, enough left for kitchens, etc.
"I had like to have forgotten to say that there was a peach orchard on the farm in very fine condition once, which might be considerably resuscitated. Opening for a colony. Why would it not be a good plan for some one to undertake to organize a colony there?"