John J. Tyler Arboretum

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John J. Tyler Arboretum
Giant Sequoia Sequoiadendron giganteum Tyler Tree 2000px.jpg
Giant Sequoia, November 2007
John J. Tyler Arboretum is located in Pennsylvania
John J. Tyler Arboretum
Location 515 Painter Rd., Lima, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°56′05″N 75°25′52″W / 39.93472°N 75.43111°W / 39.93472; -75.43111Coordinates: 39°56′05″N 75°25′52″W / 39.93472°N 75.43111°W / 39.93472; -75.43111
Area 657 acres (266 ha)
Built 1710
Architectural style Georgian, Gothic Revival
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 03000080[1]
Added to NRHP February 27, 2003

The John J. Tyler Arboretum, also known as the Minshall and Jacob Painter Farm, is a nonprofit arboretum located at 515 Painter Road, Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. It is open daily except for major holidays; an admission fee is charged to non-members.

The property's history began in 1681, when William Penn signed a "lease and release" agreement with Thomas Minshall, an English Quaker, for property in Pennsylvania that contained the site now occupied by the arboretum. Between 1681 and 1944, the property was home to eight generations of the same family. The arboretum itself started in 1825 when two brothers, Jacob and Minshall Painter, set aside land to systematically plant more than 1,000 varieties of trees and shrubs. In 1944, descendant Laura Tyler bequeathed the property, in memorial to her husband John J. Tyler, to be a nonprofit arboretum.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.[1]

Today the arboretum contains the following major features:

  • Native Woodland Walk (begun in 1970)
  • Meadow Maze, a recent four-ring labyrinth of meadow grasses based on a classical seven-ringed design
  • Uncultivated land (180 ha / 450 acres) that remain natural and contain 32 km / 20 miles of marked trails.
  • Wister Rhododendron Collection, a collection of more than 500 rhododendrons.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Susan Mulchahey Chase (December 2001). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: John J. Tyler Arboretum" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-06. 

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