Trees: Five New England Favorites
Where: Bushnell Park, Hartford, Connecticut.
The Trees the Settlers Saw
Gifford Woods, a small, under-ten-acre stand of old-growth forest in a Vermont state park, gives visitors a glimpse of how the New England forest looked to the first settlers. Some trees rise more than 100 feet from the forest floor. Most of the sugar maples date from Revolutionary times, and there is also a 400-year-old hemlock. A state park and campground allows visitors to sleep within sight of these trees.
Where: Gifford Woods State Park, Sherburne, Vermont, 1/2 mile north of Route 4 on Route 100.
The Tree of Independence
This very large and beautiful horse chestnut was planted by one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, William Whipple, upon his return from Philadelphia in 1776.
Where: On the lawn of the Moffatt-Ladd House on Market Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
“The Forest Primeval”
Along the Elwell Trail at Paradise Point Nature Center is a stand of giant hemlocks that began their lives in the 17th century, well before Longfellow wrote of “the murmuring pines and the hemlocks” in “Evangeline.”
Where: Paradise Point Nature Center, North Shore Road, East Hebron, New Hampshire. 603-744-3516.