Saturday, November 5, 2011

Housenick Memorial Park Nature walk 11/5/11

Johnson Estate House
On a banner weather day, a dozen people from local organizations ranging from Monocacy TU to the Sierra Club, gathered for a guided nature walk of the Housenick Memorial Park.  It was a fantastic overview of an amazing property.  Click the Read More link for an overview of the day.
  The walk started with brief history lesson from former Housenick employee, Tim Brady, who lived in the 10,000 mansion for over 20 years.  Tim was not only an employee, but a family friend and gave a great outline of the property and family starting all the way back with Archibald Johnson around the turn of the century.  We were then led by Vicky Bastidas, the event organizer, on a hike around the property where she pointed out architectural, historical and natural facts about the grounds and surrounding area.  Monocacy TU Chapter President Steve Vanya gave a brief overview of the creek and the importance of the area that the Housenick Park encompasses.  Near the end of the walk Mrs. Bastidas had arranged for some aquatic samples to be taken and guest got to view some invertebrates up close.  We had lots of scuds, two crayfish and a a range of other creatures to observe, along with a surprise find of two salamanders, a favorite of the two children along for the walk.  This event was a great way to get know the history of this property and learn more about the challenges that it is facing.  If you have any questions about the property please contact us via the monocacytu491@gmail.com and we can point you in the right direction.