The historical inhabitants of the Passaconaway Valley relied upon the land for sustenance. Timber, livestock raising, and agriculture provided the residents of the valley a subsistence living.
Each summer, White Mountains Interpretive Association plants and maintains a herb and vegetable garden on the grounds of the Russell Colbath House, offering visitors to the home a glimpse at the plants that Mrs. Colbath may have grown each season. In the fall, WMIA interpreters often use the products of the garden in live cooking demonstrations within the home's historical kitchen.
Funding for the original installation of the garden was made possible by an anonymous donor in memory of Don West. Mr. West was an employee of the Saco Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest for many years.