Old Orchard and Fields

Old orchard photo by William Cronon.

The orchard and remnant field here at the base of Picnic Point were used for agricultural purposes since the second half of the 19th century, and eventually became part of the Edward Young estate. Only a portion of the apple trees remain – though they still bloom in the spring and yield fruit in the fall.

Fast growing tree species and shrubs have gradually begun to reclaim the margins of this large open field, and without regular mowing, this land would quickly become covered with forest.

The future fate of this land very much depends on human management decisions about the kind of vegetation that should be encouraged to grow here.

Old field photo by William Cronon.