Morgantown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
West Virginia University acquired the Krepps and Dille family farms in 1948 to provide space for University expansion. Part of the Krepps farm, including a steep hillside, became what is now known as the Core Arboretum. Most of the lawn area planted with labeled trees was a farm field in 1948. The hillside forest, never clearcut, appeared much as it does today. There were signs of earlier agricultural activity on parts of the flatter land below the steep hillside.
Arboretum trail construction began in 1949, followed by the first specimen tree plantings in 1951. President Irvin Stewart spoke at a 1954 ceremony that marked the official dedication and opening of the "West Virginia University Arboretum." The facility's name was changed to the "Core Arboretum" in 1975 in honor of Earl L. Core (1902-1984), distinguished botanist, prolific author, and the Arboretum's founder.
The WVU Department of Biology manages the
Three miles of trail provide access to approximately 50 acres of hillside and floodplain forest, as well as small lawn areas planted with specimen trees and shrubs. The Arboretum contains over 300 species of herbaceous plants and over 300 kinds of trees and shrubs. Observant visitors have spotted more than 150 species of birds.
Private donations are an important source of funds for the Arboretum. Persons wishing to support the Arboretum may do so by making a check out to the "WVU Foundation," noting on the check that it is for the "Core Arboretum," and mailing it to: Core Arboretum, WVU Biology Departiment, PO Box 6057, Morgantown, WV 26506-6057. All support is greatly appreciated.
Rules and Regulations
Because the Core Arboretum is part of the Evansdale campus of West Virginia University and within the city limits of Morgantown, city ordinances and University policies apply here. In addition, there are policies specific to the Arboretum. Visitors are asked to stay on trails while in the woods and be respectfulof plants, animals, and other Arboretum visitors.
Permitted Activities include, but are not limited to:
Hiking or running on trails.
Relaxing, reading, or studying on benches or grassy areas.
Picnicking, if persons involved leave no litter behind.
Artistic pursuits including drawing, painting, photography, and quiet music.
Nature observation or study.
Collection of leaves or nuts from the ground.
Walking dogs on leash.
Prohibited Activities include, but are not limited to:
Hunting of all kinds, and any use or discharge of firearms.
Trapping, except humane trapping for scientific purposes by authorized persons.
Fires of all kinds.
Bicycle riding, except on specifically designated bicycle routes.
Use of motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles.
Use of any motor vehicle, except by authorized persons.
Carving or writing on trees, benches, or other state property.
Collection of twig or leaf specimens from living plants.
Vandalism, including interference with research projects.
Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Horticulture & Forestry • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 39° 38.822′ N, 79° 58.662′ W. Marker is in Morgantown , West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Monongahela Boulevard (U.S. 19) and Evansdale Drive, on the right when traveling south. The marker is at the small visitor’s parking lot at the entrance to the Core Arboretum that can only be reached from the southbound lane. The marker is on the Guthrie Loop Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morgantown WV 26505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. West Virginia University (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Core Arboretum (within shouting distance of this marker); Guthrie Loop Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Island Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Dawn Redwood (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wagon Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sugar Maple (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 8, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.