Samuel Vaughan (1720 – 1803) created the first park in the U.S. Located at the State House in Philadelphia, the design celebrated native species and Federal Era values. An English merchant, Vaughan also completed one of the best-known historic plans of the garden at Mount Vernon (1787).
--Emily T. Cooperman The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Samuel Vaughan, Mount Vernon, The Home of Washington. Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, Mount Vernon, VA. Secondary Artist: R. von Glümer.
Samuel Vaughan, "Warm or Berkeley Springs, in Virginia" (June to September 1787). Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Samuel Vaughan, Plan of the buildings and grounds of Mount Vernon (1787). Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, Mount Vernon, VA.
Samuel Vaughan, Sketch plan of Mount Vernon (1787). Mount Vernon Ladies Association, Mount Vernon, VA.
Samuel Vaughan, Plan of Bath, Warm or Berkeley Springs (1787). Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation: http://tclf.org/pioneer/samuel-vaughan/biography-samuel-vaughan
The Massachusetts Historical Society: http://www.masshist.org/findingaids/doc.cfm?fa=fa0040