bureau of plant industry

If these walls could talk…

“Chatham Mansion, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Where George Washington and Robert E. Lee did their courting. Lincoln visited here during the battle of Fredericksburg. Said to be the only existing roof which sheltered both Washington and Lincoln.”, 08/22/1929

Series: Photographs of Horticultural Activities, 1892 - 1952
Record Group 54: Records of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering, 1853 - 1977

More about Chatham Manor via the National Park Service

“Postman delivering mail, rural mail route, York county, Maine” 

By George W. Ackerman, August 26, 1930. 
Series: Photographs of Extension Service Activities and Personnel, 1928 - 1943Record Group 33: Records of the Extension Service, 1888 - 2000

During a nearly 40-year career with the Department of Agriculture, George W. Ackerman (1884-1962) estimated that he took over 50,000 photographs. Ackerman began working as a photographer for the Bureau of Plant Industry in 1910 at a salary of $900 a year.