Some time ago, I took some pictures of some favorite trees for
The first was of a sycamore tree across from the Purdys homestead.
was in danger of being cut down some years ago with some fellow
along the route 116 road which boarders a New York City water supply
reservoir. Fortunately, a grassroots efforts which included
yellow ribbons around the trees saved them from the chainsaw.
noticed a pine on the homestead proper that looked straight and tall
and shot its portrait too.
White Pine at Purdy's Homestead
(1) Sycamore at Purdy's Homestead 6' 9 inches and
6 feet 1inch diameters
(2) Sycamore at Purdy's Homestead 6' 9 inches and
6 feet 1inch diameters
(3)Sycamore at Purdy's Homestead
Purdy's Homestead is a circa 1775
farmhouse that has been converted into a restaraunt.
One review reads, "this charming establishment has
three intimate dining rooms. Architectural embellishments
include stone fireplaces, rustic beams and wide-plank,
wooden floors. There's also a private dining room for
catered events." Located at 100 Titicus Road,
My next stop was at the John Jay Homestead (John Jay was the
Chief Justice of the US). I was scouting around briefly and
magnificent cucumber magnolia quietly growing in its stately manor.
Cucumber Magnolia in front of Carriage Barn at the
John Jay Homestead 8' 8" in diameter- photos by Diana
Barn was constructed in 1801-02 for John Jay, the
building was used for housing horses and storing carriages and tack
until the early 20th century.
John Jay Homestead State Historic
Site is the home and farm of John Jay (1745-1829), one of
America’s principal Founding Fathers. Operated by the New York
State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the
property includes 62 acres of magnificent grounds and twelve
historic buildings. Its centerpiece is the main house, built by Jay
to be his home in retirement following a lifetime of public service.
Visitors learn about Jay’s many roles in the formation of the
United States, his family, and his years at Bedford as a gentleman
Jay Homestead was home to six generations of the Jay family, who
lived here from 1801 to 1953. Visitors who tour the historic house
will view thirteen beautifully restored period rooms; and additions
to the house constructed by his descendants. Four outbuildings can
be visited as well, telling the story of agriculture here through
five generations. The grounds include four lovingly tended formal
gardens, meadows, woodland walks, a charming Ice Pond, and a
breathtaking alleé of giant beech trees. Bedford, NY
Another 10 minutes south took me to Glebeland behind St.
church in Bedford. This has been a favorite place for many
although I don't get down in that direction as much these days.
is very similar in tone to the famous Mianus River Gorge and may
the same stream. It is difficult to tell from the maps I got a
of. In any case, the hemlocks here have always inspired me as
apparently they did a pastor who saw a chapel in the woods on a
morning stroll. The chapel was constructed to all the
of his vision - rustic cross, stone alter, etc. The first time
the chapel in the woods, I was astounded to see that someone
understood the cry of my heart while I sat through many a sermon in
the dusty, enclosed, confines of our church. Worship in God's
cathedral! Oh yes, the trees. As you can see from the
hemlocks are large and beautiful. I'm estimating that the
in the chapel are in the 200 year range since the smaller tree that
was cut down was 150 years old.
The stream that runs through the area just down from the chapel
very full in spring and dwindles in summer. There is a very
colony of trout lilies that blanket the forest floor in the
Tree is 3' 11" in diameter
Hemlock by stream at Glebeland, Beford, NY 5' 5 - 3/4 inches
Hemlock by stream at Glebeland, Beford, NY 5' 5 and 3 quarter inches diameter - looking up
Hemlock stump at Glebeland 150 rings Bedford, NY 3 feet 5 and one half inch diameter
The last picture is of a great sycamore in front of the Bedford
Library. If you look carefully, you will see a seedling
of the cavity in the tree.
Sycamore in front of the Bedford Free
Library 6' 6" in diameter - photo by Diana Lee.
BEDFORD FREE LIBRARY
On the Village Green
Bedford, New York - The historic building in which the library is housed was once a school built in 1807. It became the library in 1903.