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.