PIEDMONT LAND CONSERVANCY TO HOST TOUR OF GUILFORD WOODS & UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TRAIL
February 16, 2018, Greensboro, NC – Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC) is hosting its monthly nature outing on Saturday, February 17th from 10am-12pm. This free event will feature PLC’s Stewardship Director Ken Bridle leading a guided nature walk, and Max Carter, a historian from the Guilford College community, sharing the history of the Underground Railroad Trail.
PLC’s Monthly Nature Outing in Guilford County Celebrates Nature & History
Known as the New Garden Woods in the 1800s, the Guilford woods are felt as a sacred place. Located within the historically Quaker New Garden/Guilford College community, the woods encompass old growth forest and a champion tree which stood as a silent witness to Underground Railroad activities.
Here are some interesting facts about this property:
- 240-acre oasis of biodiversity
- Land of Saura & Keyawee peoples, settled by European American Friends (Quakers), circa 1700’s
- Site of encampment of British and American troops in the Revolutionary War
- Refuge for enslaved Africans seeking freedom via the Underground Railroad and Quaker men escaping Civil war Confederate draft in the 1800s
- Site of former College farm
- Educational and recreational resource
POINT OF INTEREST: The Champion Tree, a tulip poplar dating back to before 1800, and present during the documented operation of the Underground Railroad in Guilford County (1819-1852). The trail to the champion tree is 0.3 mile one-way. It includes uneven surfaces with an accessible viewing platform and seating at the end.
The Piedmont Land Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting natural and scenic lands, farms, rivers and streams, and open spaces across nine counties. Since 1990, PLC has protected close 24,000 acres throughout the northern Piedmont. For more information see www.piedmontland.org.