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Hampton National Historic Site

The parterres or patterned gardens

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The precisely designed descending terraces on the left below the Great Terrace. The first garden terrace drops away from the Great Terrace and is 18 feet lower. The second terrace is 6 feet below the first and the third terrace is 4 feet lower than the second. The terraces are connected by grassed ramps.

When viewed from the cupola of the house, the terracing creates an optical fantasy, leveling the parterres to appear as a continuous patterened garden.

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