TOWER HILL RESERVE
Bethlehem Township, Hunterdon County, NJ
216 acres


Directions:

Corner of Mine Road and Mountainview Road
go south from Charlestown Reservation
distance direction road name
1.7 right Mine Road
2.9 left Mountainview Road
park along the side I guess?


History:

1848  --  farmhouse here built by Conrad Wene.

early 1900's  --  additions made to the farmhouse.

The stone icehouse is one of the largest icehouses constructed for a residential home in the county.

1914  --  end of the Tower Hill ownhership by the Wene family.

1932  --  Erwin Devonald buys the farm and raises game birds for the ring. His brothers, Frank and Stanley, raised and trained racehorses.

1983  --  Hunterdon County acquires the property from the Devonald family.

2002 (May 28) --  the Freeholder board approved a bond ordinance to spend one million dollars to acquire 82 acres to add to Hoffman Park and  87.7 acres to add to Tower Hill Park (and an additional seven acre parcel for Tower Hill Park).


Habitats:

meadows, woods and wetlands


Facilities:

Hunting, hiking


Trails:

The trail goes along the perimeter of the fields (which are are managed for grassland birds), crossing Mountainview Road and going along a power line and back to Mountainview Road a short distance from the start of the trail.

(Source:http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/guides/TowerHill.htm)


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)

Shrubs:
Sambucus canadensis (common elderberry) 7/04/97

Vines:
Dioscorea villosa (wild yamroot)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honey suckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Anagallis arvensis (scarlet pimpernel) 7/04/97 lots
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (ox-eye daisy) 7/04/97
Cichorium intybus (chicory) 7/04/97
Cimicifuga racemosa (black snakeroot)
Cirsium vulgare (Canada thistle) 7/04/97
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink) 7/04/97
Erigeron strigosus (lesser daisy fleabane) 7/04/97
Hieracium sp. (hawkweed)
Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort) 7/04/97
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)
Medicago lupulina (black medick) 7/04/97
Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover) 7/04/97
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) 7/04/97
Polygonum arenastrum (dooryard knotweed)
Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil) 7/04/97
Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup) 7/04/97
Rudbeckia hirta v pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan) 7/04/97
Satureja officinalis (wild basil) 7/04/97
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion) 7/04/97
Sisyrinchium angustifolium (blue-eyed grass) 7/04/97
Thlaspi pennycress (cowcress)
Trifolium aureum (yellow clover) 7/04/97
Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover) 7/04/97
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 7/04/97
Trifolium repens (white clover) 7/04/97
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Zizia aurea (golden alexanders) 7/04/97

Grasses:
Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Phleum pratense (timothy grass)