07/05/2012 - Celebrate naturalist John Burroughs' 175th birthday with a visit to Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury July 7 and 8.
The Lodge, located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, 12474, will be open for free tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Follow signs from NYS Route 30 to Hardscrabble Rd., just north of the hamlet of Roxbury.
On Sunday at 1 p.m., just up the road at Burroughs Memorial Field State Historic Site, State Parks Educator Ashley Drum will lead a walk to explore the diminutive world of mosses, or bryophytes. These tiny plants are abundant and diverse, and their lives are fascinating. The walk will begin, rain or shine, at the picnic area at the entrance to the historic site and will last for about an hour. Participants are encouraged to bring a hand lens, and their curiosity.
Plan to tour the Lodge before or after the moss walk. The 1862 farmhouse was built by Burroughs' brother, Curtis on the east end of the family homestead farm. It was the summer home of the famed naturalist from 1910 to 1920, the final years of a productive, celebrated life.
Guided tours, offered the first weekend of each month, May through October, start on the rustic porch John built, and proceed through the first floor of the house, where Burroughs entertained guests like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.
For more information, call 845-586-4973, go to www.woodchucklodge.org, or find JohnBurroughsofWoodchuckLodge on Facebook!