Laurel in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pioneer of Preservation
Ted Harvey: Innovator for Preservation
Tranquil waters trapped by a grist mill dam in the early nineteenth century made Trussum Pon a haven for the baldcypress. However, the trees now seen dotting the pond's surface are all that remain of a once extensive prehistoric wetland.
Deprived of the area's natural cycle of high and low waters, the baldcypres trees caught in the pond are visible only as strange hummocks of gnarled wood, sprouting woldflowers, shurbs, and ferns. Grading inland to a canopy of loblolly, oak, cedar, and maple, the fragile bald cypress are very sensitive to changes in water quality.
First to Act
Despite living many years in Florida, Ted Harvey retained fond childhood memories of boating, hiking, and fishing at Trussum Pond. Returning to Delaware as an adult, he was discouraged by the area's growth and fearful of coming changes. In 1961, Ted founded Delaware Wild lands, Inc., expressly for the preservation of Trussum Pond. The organization made several land purchases to create a protective buffer zone between Trussum Pond and expanding local development. Delaware Wild Lands was the state's first non-profit land preservation organization.
Catalyst for Preservation
Ted harvey's historic initiative led to the formation of other land preservation groups across the state.
The pond and surrounding woodlands are part of a unique habitat, which harbors abundant fish, birds, and wildlife and offers a singular opportunity for educational and recreational activities. Trussum Pond's unique panorama of old cypress knees, large bottom tree trunks, and stumps reminds visitors of areas of the deep south.
"I remember his saying that Trussum Pond was seemingly kidnaped from the deep south and plopped down in Delaware for posterity," said Rusty Harvey of his deceased father. "He just felt it was a little jewel in the Diamond State."
Location. 38° 31.557′ N, 75° 30.63′ W. Marker is in Laurel, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Wootten Road 0.1 miles east of Trussum Pond Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Laurel DE 19956, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Paul's United Methodist Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Nathaniel Mitchell (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named Nathaniel Mitchell (approx. 2.8 miles away); Old Christ Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Laurel (approx. 3.7 miles away); Trinity Methodist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); Christ United Methodist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); Hope Lodge No. 4 (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laurel.
Categories. • 20th Century • Landmarks • Natural Resources •
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