More than 1,000 trees—including 168 species and varieties—grow on F&M's 52-acre main campus. In 2007, the Board of Trustees designated the campus an arboretum, named in honor of the late Caroline Steinman Nunan, emerita trustee and Lancaster philanthropist and conservationist. The College has earned Tree Campus USA certification for its strategic planting and caring of trees. Some trees are more than 150 years old. Oh, the stories they could tell…
During the College’s sesquicentennial in 1937, the Alumni Association hosted a tree-planting ceremony along President’s Drive (in the area that is now Williamson Lot). Trees were planted in two rows: the East Row, in honor of Benjamin Franklin, John Marshall and the presidents of the Colleges, and the West Row, in honor of presidents of the Board of Trustees. Some trees have come down over the years. This leaf is from a tree on the east side. We wonder: could it be the one planted for Franklin or Marshall?
Silver Leaf Linden
Manning Alumni Green
Henry Kyd Douglas, who graduated from F&M in 1858, was a second lieutenant in Company B of the 2nd Virginia Infantry during the Civil War and later served on Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s staff. Douglas kept a diary during his time at F&M and wrote of a tree planting during April 1857. He planted beech and linden trees in the area near what is now Keiper Hall. He wrote: “Where will I be when those trees shade the ground with their thick foliage? Who will recline under their spreading branches when I am far away, or perhaps beneath the cold, cold ground? The future alone will reveal.” The large American linden on the south side of Keiper is one of the College’s oldest and largest trees; is this one of Douglas’ trees?
Japanese Weeping Cherry
West side of Barshinger Center for Musical Arts
Still one of F&M’s most recognizable trees, the weeping cherry near Barshinger produces bright pink blossoms in the spring under the blue cupola of Hensel Hall. Large knots in its trunk and signs of stress are reminders of its old age, but it remains as a landmark in the heart of campus. It’s seen the fall of Hartman Hall and East Hall, construction of Steinman College Center, concerts, student protests, and Commencements.