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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. In 1981 Harriet sold 203 acres of the farm to the County, and then later deeded the remaining acres to the county with a clause granting her a life-right to the property.

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