Thursday, July 8, 2010

Busy in Brevard: The Cradle of Forestry

A couple of days ago, the children, Vanessa, and I spent over two hours at the Cradle of Forestry historic site in the Pisgah National Forest.

The highlight of the trip for Alex and Caitlin was, as it is for many the old steam engine. You'll find this late 19th-century relic on the outdoor path, but there are some fun displays in the visitors center as well.

The Pisgah National Forest was once private land owned by the Vanderbilts. Carl A. Schenck, a German charged with maintaining the forest, founded the first forestry school there in 1898. Today, the Pisgah Forest is owned and maintained by the federal government.

Search "Cradle of Forestry" on YouTube for some videos of the steam engine (apparently, it's a hit with a lot of kids). We've got some videos and pictures, which we'll post later.