Bailey Today

Map Legend: green star = currently functioning institution/organization related to Bailey; blue camera = relevant landmark or monument; orange book = site of relevant archival holdings; black ghost = site of demolished landmark; green polygon = neighborhood named after Bailey

Map List

All the locations marked in the map, above, are also listed below. To easily find them on the map, click the button in the top-left of the map window to toggle a clickable list, organized geographically.

Landmarks and Monuments

  • Bailey Family Plot, Lake View Cemetery, South Haven, Michigan
    • The graves of LHB’s brother Dana Bailey, his birth mother Sarah Harrison Bailey, his stepmother Maria Bridges Bailey, and his father Liberty Hyde Bailey Sr., all stand here.
  • Bronze statue of Liberty Hyde Bailey, Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Eustace-Cole Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    • The original design plan of this building was laid out by Liberty Hyde Bailey, and it was constructed as the nation’s first laboratory devoted to horticulture in 1888. Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more here.
  • The Liberty Hyde Bailey Loop, Cornell Botanic Gardens, Ithaca, New York
    • On the map is marked one of the signs around Cornell’s campus that traces the route of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Loop of the Cornell Botanic Gardens, which goes through woodland and gardens, and past Bailey Hall and the Ag Quad.
  • Sage Place house, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • Bailey family home in Ithaca, where his daughter Ethel Zoe Bailey lived after his death until her death in 1983. It is now used for student housing managed by Novarr-Mackesey Property Development, which has largely maintained the historic craftsman-style architectural integrity of the building. The connected carriage house, converted by Bailey into his original “Hortorium” herbarium, has been gutted on the interior and converted into apartments. The Baileys’ first house in Ithaca, “Garden Home,” was demolished by the university to make room for the Statler Hotel.
  • Original location of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Herbarium, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Bailey family vaults, Lakeview Cemetery Community Mausoleum, Ithaca, New York
    • The community mausoleum of the Lakeview Cemetery in Ithaca is the final resting place of Liberty Hyde Bailey, his wife Annette Bailey, and his daughters, Sara Bailey Sailor and Ethel Zoe Bailey.
    • From the cemetery’s website: “The large mausoleum, constructed circa 1912, is said to have been built as a speculative venture by Eastern Mausoleum Company of Buffalo, NY, which eventually turned over the structure to the Lake View Association. Today, this building is in need of a new roof, complete pointing on the outside. Much more work needs to be completed on the inside which is in disrepair due to a leaking roof and lack of regular maintenance. Among those buried in the Mausoleum is […] Liberty Hyde Bailey and his family. Mr. Bailey was a very well known Botanist at Cornell University. Bailey Hortorium and Bailey Hall are named in his honor.” The website dubiously states that Bailey was the “architect and builder” of the mausoleum, in apparent contradiction to the statement about the Eastern Mausoleum Company.

Institutions and Organizations Related to Bailey

  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum & Gardens, South Haven, Michigan
    • Only museum in the world dedicated to Liberty Hyde Bailey, located in the birthplace and childhood home of Liberty Hyde Bailey, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and also a Michigan Historic Site.
    • Recent exhibits have focused more on Bailey’s childhood in South Haven, although collections include artifacts and documents that span Bailey’s life, most notably a collection of over 1,000 books of the Bailey Family Library that were saved from LHB’s Sage Place home in Ithaca, New York. The museum also contains (fewer) documents and artifacts related to his immediate family members, particularly father Liberty Hyde Bailey, Sr., birth mother Sarah Harrison Bailey, and brother Marcus Benjamin Bailey. Programs are offered, primarily during the summer months, for adults as well as children.
    • The historic farm home, as well as one outbuilding (the smokehouse), still stand, as well as at least two trees planted during the time of the Bailey’s occupancy (a black walnut and a Norway spruce) and South Haven’s historic blacksmith’s shop (moved to the site). The property also features a set of themed gardens and a nature trail through a small stand of woods.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Outdoor Learning Center, North Shore Elementary School, South Haven, Michigan
    • An outdoor learning project led by Rebecca Linstrom, elementary teacher in the South Haven Public Schools, and “supported by a variety of outdoor enthusiasts who realize that learning is more than a classroom endeavor.”
  • Star of the Lake Lodge #158, South Haven, Michigan
    • Current location of the Masonic lodge founded by LHB’s father, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Sr., where a collection of artifacts related to the senior Bailey are housed.
  • Bailey Scholars Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    • The honors program of Michigan State University.
  • Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    • “The Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm is a passive solar greenhouse located in the Brody neighborhood of Michigan State University’s campus. The greenhouse grows certified organic herbs and produce that are sold to the dining halls on campus, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center’s State Room, and Red Haven. Student workers and volunteers participate in duties which include harvesting, planting, weeding and most importantly, educating their fellow students and the local community about the significance of closing the food cycle loop. The Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm encompasses many aspects of ecological stewardship; such as vermicomposting and composting. Partnered with the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE) Program, Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) and the MSU Student Organic Farm, the Bailey Greenhouse is a pioneer in sustainable agriculture in local community settings.”
  • Bailey Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    • Outdoor education center, containing a boulder taken from the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum’s birth-site property in South Haven, Michigan, which features a plaque bearing a quotation from Bailey’s writings. Near the Horticulture Gardens containing the bronze statue of Bailey.
  • Bailey Park, East Lansing, Michigan
    • Park situated in the heart of the downtown Bailey neighborhood, featuring open lawn areas for soccer and other uses and play structures of various kinds to accommodate children from 2 to 12 years of age. The Bailey Community Center is to the south.
  • Bailey Center Senior Apartments, East Lansing, Michigan
    • Formerly The Liberty Hyde Bailey Community Center, and before that the Liberty Hyde Bailey [Public] School.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • The current Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory was recently rebuilt on the footprint of the original conservatory designed by LHB. It keeps public hours and features interpretive signage telling the story of Bailey and the conservatory.
  • Cornell Botanic Gardens, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • The general plan of the original Cornell Botanic Gardens, as well as its original name (the Cornell Plantations), are credited to Bailey, and an exhibit in the welcome center celebrates Bailey’s influence on the history of the Gardens.
  • Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • Cornell’s premiere event venue, also hosting lectures and classrooms.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Garden Club, Ithaca, New York
    • The Bailey Garden Club normally meets here, in the Ken Post Lab’s Horton Room, on the second Tuesday of the month, and visitors are welcome.
  • Bailiwick Lodge, Comstock Adventure Center, Ithaca, New York
    • This field stone house was one of two houses built on LHB’s experimental farm and orchards, known as Bailiwick, used also as a summer home to entertain guests. The original farm stretched inland from the lake, up the hill, and is now cut through by Garrett Road and broken up into mostly residential properties. The land surrounding Bailiwick Lodge was donated by Bailey to the Girl Scouts and today is part of Comstock Adventure Center.
  • Remnant Bailiwick Orchard, Comstock Adventure Center, Ithaca, New York
    • The last remnant of this experimental orchard planted by the Father of Modern Horticulture, Liberty Hyde Bailey, still stands, consisting of around a dozen trees, many of which still bear fruit. This is part of the land donated by Bailey to form Comstock Adventure Center, a Girl Scout camp. Other surviving trees may be seen in the yards of private residences along Garrett Road.
  • Bailey Palm Glade, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida
    • A palm glade honoring Bailey (who made major contributions to palm taxonomy) in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, a garden founded by Bailey’s longtime friend and colleague David Fairchild.

Relevant Archival Holdings

For links and information regarding all relevant archival holdings, see our dedicated Archival Collections page. All locations on the map are listed briefly here:

  • Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Carl A. Kroch Library, Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Herbarium, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York, New York
  • Harvard University Herbaria, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Firestone Library, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
  • First Congregational Church, UCC, South Haven, Michigan


  • Bailey Neighborhood, East Lansing, Michigan
    • The neighborhood surrounding Bailey Park and the old Liberty Hyde Bailey School, north of the main campus of Michigan State University.

Demolished Landmarks

  • The Carl School, East Lansing, Michigan
    • LHB had his first teaching job in the rural school that used to stand on the northeast corner of this intersection, Carl School, which was demolished for highway expansion. He taught there while an undergraduate student at the State Agricultural College in East Lansing. More info here.
  • Garden Home, Ithaca, New York
    • LHB’s first home in Ithaca, which he called Garden Home, was on “faculty row” on the east side of East Avenue in this general area. It was demolished (along with several other historic faculty homes) for the construction of the Statler buildings.
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