Came across this in a seed catalogue while planning this year's garden:
Rosemary is an ancient plant, originally believed to strengthen the memory. Because of this, it has come to be the symbol of loving remembrance and was used widely in both weddings and funerals. In England, a common saying was "Where Rosemary flourished, the woman ruled" - a reference to the belief that the herb only grew well in households where the woman or mistress of the house was the dominant influence. One writer of the time described how many a husband, fearing a loss of reputation as "master" of his home, would surreptitiously damage his rosemary plant "in order to destroy this evidence of their want of authority".
Incidentally, the Cottage Gardener is a great site for getting heirloom seed varieties. They're Canadian, but they recently got approval to ship seeds to the United States, with certain restrictions.