The Almost Forgotten History duo of Thomas Gears and Raymond Harrington took full advantage of this today and decided to do a little history sleuthing in Brandywine Springs Park, one of the crown jewels of the New Castle County park system.
|A Peoples Railway trolley on the boardwalk at|
Brandywine Springs in the parks heyday.
The first thing was just how amazing and open the park looks right now. The park has never looked better thanks to the hard work done by the park maintenance crew and the Friends of Brandywine Springs (FOBS) volunteers. The underbrush above the county sewer lines has been cleared and Lake Washington has been reclaimed.
|Lake Washington in Brandywine Springs Park|
While we were there we ran into Mark Lawlor, one of the founders of FOBS, active park volunteer, and the author of two very popular books about Brandywine Springs. Lawlor was busy with his latest
|The center board is made of|
wood from the historic Council Oak.
|Author and park volunteer Mark Lawlor shows off the|
Adirondack chairs he designed, built, and installed.
|One of the many historic markers found throughout the park.|
The markers make for an amazing self guided tour.
|Ruins of the Kiamensi Spring Water Company can|
be seen from the new trail along the Red Clay Creek.
|The Council Oak standing tall above Lake Washington.|
Information about the Friends of Brandywine Springs can be found at: fobsde.org
Mark Lawlor's books about Brandywine Springs can be purchased at: brandywinespringsbook.com
Great post as usual. I've noticed the same things at Branydwine Park in Wilmington. There are way more people using the park than normal which in itself is a good thing.ReplyDelete
I walked the park this past week and it was wonderful as usual!!! I walked the new path down by the creek and sat a while in the new chairs!! Such a peaceful site. Thank you!!ReplyDelete
Being a gardener, I especially want to thank whoever dug and divided the daffodils so that they will be even more spectacular for years to come!!! Great job!! Were there always daffodils in the park or did the Friends group plant them? Next year I have to get there to see the snowdrops blooming!!!
I went to Krebs Jr High in Newport. When I was in 9th grade we had a class picnic to Brandywine Springs. What a Great Park. I remember how nice it was and went back a few times after that as an adult.ReplyDelete