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East Marlborough in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Peirce's Park

An Arboretum and Pleasure Ground

 

—Heritage, Horticulture & Design —

 
Peirce's Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
1. Peirce's Park Marker
Inscription. The property that became Longwood Gardens was originally owned by Quaker farmer George Peirce, who purchased the land from William Penn in 1700.

George Peirce's great-grandsons loved botany and began a collection of trees near the original farmstead. Later generations of the Peirce family added to the growing - and celebrated - arboretum, widely known as Peirce's Park. Pierre S. du Pont purchased the Peirce farm and arboretum in 1906 to save its trees from being cut for lumber.
A highlight of Peirce's Park was its conifer collection laid out in densely planted allees, or avenues.
The Peirce family maintained their working farm while turning the arboretum into a pleasure ground with rowboats and croquet courts.
Some of the trees in Peirce's Park are over 200 years old.
"No tree, dead or alive, is to be removed or trimmed, unless by special permission of the owner. The preservation and care of trees is considered of first importance, as their injury is irreparable while time or money (or both) will rectify other mistakes...." - Excerpt from P.S. du Pont's 174-page instruction manual for his farm manager, 1912.

 
Erected by Longwood Gardens.
 
Location. 39° 52.408′ N, 75° 40.416′ W.
Peirce's Park Marker & Pierce - du Pont House image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
2. Peirce's Park Marker & Pierce - du Pont House
Marker is in East Marlborough, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker can be reached from Longwood Road. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Longwood Gardens, about a dozen paces from the east side of the Peirce - du Pont House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square PA 19348, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Peirce - du Pont House (within shouting distance of this marker); Peirce's Woods (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Italian Water Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); An Engineer's Garden (approx. ¼ mile away); Pierre S. du Pont, Fountain Visionary (approx. ¼ mile away); Indian Hannah Birthplace (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Brandywine (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Brandywine (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Marlborough.
 
Also see . . .  Longwood Gardens. (Submitted on August 15, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
Southward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
3. Southward
Peirce's Park & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
4. Peirce's Park & Marker
Eastward
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 15, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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