[[Image:0254.jpg|thumb|Fig. 6, Reuben Moulthrop]]
[[Image:0539.jpg|thumb|left|John Henry Bufford]], ]]
In addition to being a common feature in early American gardens, walks were also the setting for much recorded activity. <span id="Byrd_cite"></span>[[William Byrd II]] in his diary (1732) frequently mentioned his own perambulations in the garden, either alone or with gentlemen guests after he had entertained them with a meal ([[#Byrd|view citation]]). [[Charles Willson Peale]] described strolling through the gardens of Annapolis, Md., in language that echoes published accounts of British and European tours. <ref>Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, "The Archaeology of Vision in Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake Gardens," ''Journal of Garden History'' 14, no. 1 (spring 1994): 42–54, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/IJX4M93V view on Zotero.] </ref> Walks were social venues in public landscape designs such as [[Boston Common]], the [[State House Yard]] in Philadelphia, a levee in New Orleans, the Battery Park in New York, [[Fairmount Park]] in Philadelphia [Fig. 7], and the [[avenue]]s of Washington, D.C. They were places to see and be seen, and images of them in the second quarter of the nineteenth century portray their rising popularity as [[promenade]]s for the general populace. Numerous descriptions and treatises of this period also praised the health-giving properties of these walks and the virtues of fresh air and exercise, particularly for the infirm, mentally ill, and urban poor.
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