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Winter- A Good Time to Visit Pennypack Park and Nature Sanctuary

After snowfall - 2012

After snowfall – 2012

With the snow falling in Philadelphia yesterday my thoughts turned to the beautiful Pennypack Nature Sanctuary located along the slow moving creek between Pine and Veree Roads. Much of this part of Pennypack Park was part of Vereeville, a small town that vanished after the decline of the water powered mills. The land was eventually purchased by Industrialist Kennedy Crossan who sold it to the city for the staggering sum of one dollar to begin the western end of Pennypack Park. The west side of the park at Pine Road is bordered by Fox Chase Farm, its pastures rise to the top of Mount Stanley into Montgomery County.

Hikers-Pennypack Nature Sanctuary

Hikers-Pennypack Nature Sanctuary

Hawk rests in tree above the Pennypack Creek

Hawk rests in tree above the Pennypack Creek

The south side of the creek at this location is where a bike/walking path of asphalt runs the length of the creek to the Delaware River. There is a pavilion, large marsh, and dirt paths along small rolling hills adjacent to the creek.  On the north side sits the Pennypack Nature Sanctuary, a wooded area containing marked pathways along the banks and the ridges of the Pennypack Valley.

Thoreau's Hut by Ed Levine

Thoreau’s Hut by Ed Levine

Within these woods you will find two wood sculptures by the artist Ed Levine. Thoreau’s Hut and Sitting Benches. On the east end of the Sanctuary you will find the Pennypack Environmental Center which contains an exhibit hall. To the rear of the hall is a beautiful

Sculptured Benches by Ed Levine

Sculptured Benches by Ed Levine

amphitheater/camp fire area overlooking the Veree Dam on the Pennypack Creek and to the east is a Bird Blind constructed by Ed Levine. Two homes remain on the site, a servant’s quarters and Veree House.

Pennypack Environmental Center

Pennypack Environmental Center

This is a great place to bring the kids on a warm winter day, for brisk walks, bike rides or to reconnect with nature along the ridges above the Pennypack Creek. If you plan, you may be able to include a visit to the Pennypack Environmental Center and TheFox Chase Farm.

Veree House now used as a classroom by Baldi School

Veree House now used as a classroom utilized by Baldi School

Embodying Thoreau: dwelling, sitting, watching: http://www.phila.gov/ParksandRecreation/environment/

environmentaleducation/Documents/thoreau.pdf

Pennypack Environmental Center: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pennypack-Environmental-Center/216427898382013

Fox Chase Farm: http://www.foxchasefarm.org/

Photos of Pennypack Park between Pine Road and Veree Road

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Set One: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157601771538333/

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Set Two:

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Set Three: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157646723978761/

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Poets @ Pennypack

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-g emil reutter

Fox Chase Farm Summer 2014

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Fox Chase Farm is located on Pine Road in Philadelphia. The Farm is part of the Fairmount Park System and is operated by The School District of Philadelphia. The farm is bordered on the south by Shady Lane, on the west by Lorimar Park, on the north by the Pennypack Creek and on the east side by the expansive Pennypark Park. The farm is located at the base of Mount Stanley and its pastures rise along the mount to the top.

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The first owner of the area the farm sits upon was Lord Stanley who received a land grant from William Penn. Over the years the farm was operated by various families and at one point in time as a mental health facility, until such time as developers gained control and planned on building town homes on the site. The city of Philadelphia stepped in and purchased the farm and it has remained Philadelphia’s only working farm. The farm is utilized by the City of Philadelphia School District for educational purposes and is open to the general public throughout the year for special events.

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A walk along the fence line provides one with a beautiful view of the farms flowing pastures along the mount and when lucky, farm animals roaming about. From the center point of Mount Stanley, a great view of the Pennypack Valley is had. One can make a full day of it hiking the farm and the adjacent Lorimar Park in Montgomery County or turning east can tour the Pennypack Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Center.

More photographs of Fox Chase Farm at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157646588633101/#

To learn more about Fox Chase Farm visit

The Friends of Fox Chase Farm: http://www.foxchasefarm.org/

Fox Chase Farm: http://www.phila.gov/ParksandRecreation/environment/environmentaleducat