Monday, March 12, 2018
Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located in Summit, New Jersey. It has an interesting history. The grounds were once a place of resistance during the Revolutionary War. An eighteenth-century farmer used it as a signal station to warn General Washington of the movement of British over the Hudson River against his encampment in Morristown.
The arboretum of today is the product of three families. In 1889, John Horner Wisner built the country estate known as the "Wisner House" that still stands on the property. It's used as a venue for art exhibits.
In 1916, the Reeves family bought the house and expanded the daffodil collection, which is impressive! If you visit in mid-April, there is a Daffodil Day which is perfect for viewing them in all of their glory. The Reeves also added an azalea garden.
In 1968, the Reed family became the new owners. They added the herb garden and six acres of woodland trails.
The arboretum is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5.00 is appreciated.