Crum Woods Chronicle

Forgotten Fabulous Fall Color Trails

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Martin Forest: One of the Five Best Preserved Areas in the Crum Woods

As we enter fall color season, we continue our series discussing the five best preserved areas in the Crum Woods. Martin Forest is a 30 acre tract of nearly/entirely forested land, and an ideal area to experience autumn color. This old-growth stand has been described by Roger Latham, an ecologist and conservation biologist, as an extraordinary piece of living history. To give a hiker perspective on the importance of Martin Forest, most of the Crum Woods is mature second-growth forest.

Ancient hemlock towering over the tree canopy in the Martin Forest. photo credit: R. Robert

 An ancient hemlock towering over the tree

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A Walk through the Wister Forest

 

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One of the Five Best Preserved Areas in the Crum Woods

 

This February I took a walk through the Wister Forest with Crum Woods Restoration Assistant, Michael Rolli. Of the over 200 acres in the Crum Woods, five unique locations are prominent for their excellent state of preservation: the Wister Forest, Martin Forest, Trillium Slope, Skunk-Cabbage Hollow, and the Southern Red Oak Forest.

 

The trails through Wister Forest can be steep. photo credit: R. Robert

The trails through Wister Forest can be steep. photo credit: R. Robert

These sites have been subject to many of the pressures of natural areas such as invasive species competition, deer browsing, trash dumping, …

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Off the Beaten Path: History of the Crum Ruins

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Guest Author: Marissa Lariviere ‘18

 

Have you ever stumbled across the strange ruins in the Crum Woods? At first glance, these crumbling walls just seem creepy. But don’t run away- this area actually has a long and fascinating history, involving magnificent mansions and dating all the way back to Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn.

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In 1927, Lytlecote was bought by Ward Hinkson and his wife Edith, and renamed Oak Knoll. The Hinksons would go on to construct an elaborate estate over the 32 acres, turning their home into an iconic site in the area. photo credit: Scott Arboretum Archives

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