Did you know that Natural Lands Trust's 1,263-acre ChesLen Preserve is the largest, publicly accessible, private preserve in Chester County?
I bet you didn't know its rich history, including:
- Ties to Mason and Dixon's 18th-century survey to establish the PA-MD boundary
- Remnants of the Chester County Poorhouse, including its Potter's Field graveyard
- A link to "Indian Hannah," the last Native American in Chester County, who made her home in the region until her death in 1802
- Once home to the famous Texas-based King Ranch
- Most recently, a gift to NLT from local philanthropist Gerry Lenfest
We'll take a history hike around the preserve, stopping occasionally, during this two-hour ramble. We'll also take a moment to talk about the BRAND NEW Lenfest Center, which will be the hub for the preserve's stewardship work.
To learn more about ChesLen, go to: http://www.natlands.org/preserves-to-visit/list-of-preserves/cheslen-preserve/