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Charlestown Reservation. This 269-acre nature preserve in Bethelehem Township serves as an island of green in the area north of I-78. It began as a working farm, when Charles Hovies acquired three abandoned farms in 1943 and established a tree farm. He expanded into agricultural crops like corn and wheat and installed an apple orchard. He married his college sweetheart, Harriet Mathison (1907-2000), and built a small home. : The thorny thickets also offer a place of cover for small birds to nest and, in winter, for rabbits and mice to be protected from predators, like owls, hawks, and foxes (Newton). 

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