Mapping & Longfellow NHS

Happy Friday! This week I spent most of my office time continuing to familiarize myself with the Woodlawn Tract…existing conditions have been documented, and I have progressed to documenting the landscape conditions from 1937. It’s pretty interesting to see the two period aerials side by side and to see how the landscape has changed – how the trees and forest have expanded into the former farmland, disappearance of buildings and barns, emergence of new homesteads, and the different agricultural uses of the land. In the 1930s, some of the farmland seemed to have been used for growing orchards – perhaps apple trees? Here is a screenshot of what my Autocad screen looks like – the green lines are the existing tree canopy and the purple lines represent the tree canopy from 1937.

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On Thursday, we also visited Longfellow National Historic Site. What a great national treasure – the Longfellow House is absolutely beautiful, filled with classic American furniture, artwork and other artifacts.

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We also received a tour of the archives and were able to see original documents that were signed by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln themselves! I didn’t know very much about Henry Longfellow before this visit and left feeling inspired by his contributions to American literature and culture. I’ve definitely added a few books to my summer reading list!

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We also had the opportunity to meet with David Blackburn and fellow SCA intern Adam from Lowell National Historic Site – it is always great to connect with other NPS employees and to learn about their experiences.

Later in the afternoon – we met with Mona Mckindley who is the caretaker of the Longfellow Formal Gardens. The garden is lovely with lots of vibrant colors and textures.

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