Preserve in Parkton, MD

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European settlers began exploiting the resources of this area as early as the 1600’s.  By the mid 1880’s, an important railroad line bisected the stream vally and provided a valuable economic link between Baltimore City and the northern industrial states.  During the Civil War, Union troops were stationed here to protect the movement of men and materiel along the line.  (An inscribed stone on the property is believed to mark the grave of a fallen, but as yet unknown, soldier from that period.) 

By the turn of the century, trains brought an evangelist and his flock to BeeTree for bible meetings at an outdoor amphitheater on the property.  Trains also brought wealthy Baltimoreans to nearby hotels to escape from city life and enjoy the therapeutic affects of the local fresh water springs.  While trains no longer run on this line, it has become a popular state-owned hiking and biking trail (the NCR Trail recently renamed the Torrey C. Brown trail) running from Cockeysville, MD to Harrisburg PA and now serves as the western border of BeeTree Preserve.

The BeeTree Preservation Committee of Towson Presbyterian Church is charged with protecting the beauty of BeeTree Preserve while encouraging the respectful use of its resources.  To this end, a comprehensive master plan was prepared as a guide to preserving and restoring the delicate ecosystems that exist at BeeTree, even as greater use of its trials and facilities are being encouraged.  The detailed studies that were undertaken as part of the master planning process are available as resource materials for groups interested in studying the natural history and/or environmental diversity of BeeTree Preserve.

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  • 400 West Chesapeake Avenue
    Towson, Maryland 21204
  • 410.823.6500
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