Heirloom plants are also a tangible connection with the past. Like fine old furniture and antique china, the garden plants of earlier generations draw us closer to those who have grown them before us. Some heirloom cultivars have fascinating histories. ‘Mostoller Wild Goose’ bean, said to have been collected from the craw of a goose shot in 1864 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, was once grown by Cornplanter Indians. ‘Hopi Pale Grey’ squash is a Pueblo Indian legacy that was almost lost to cultivation, and remains one of the most sought-after winter squashes. ‘Anasazi’ corn, found in a Utah cave, is thought to be more than 800 years old. And many gardeners have heard the story of ‘Radiator Charley’s Mortgage Lifter’ tomato, a huge, meaty cultivar that helped its discoverer, an unemployed mechanic, pay off his mortgage during the Depression.