Coventry Woods

North Coventry Township recently purchased a local summer camp area and has opened the trails to the public. It covers a nice-sized little piece of forest on the Chestnut Hill Ridge, bordering on Warwick Township (nearly all the township and county names are from English place names, although a great many of the actual first settlers here were Germans.) There are a few different trails, all named and clearly marked, and all branch off from the main Chestnut Hill Trail.

I entered the park from the Fernbrook access point, which was the main entrance to Camp Fernbrook (later Camp Nueva Esperanza). One building is still being used for children’s summer activities, but the rest of the buildings are vacant.

The pool. Might need some work.

Steps to nowhere. Probably from an old bunkhouse that had been demolished years ago. I personally like finding ruins like this, but away from the main camp area, however, aside from the trail markings, signposts and some very small stone maintenance, you can enjoy the woods with little sign of human presence.

Before the camp was here, this area was used to make charcoal for the iron furnaces at Warwick. Approximately 30 charcoal hearth sites are marked with signposts.

Having seen old cup markings in stones in the Alps, I often have wondered if the Lenni Lenape ever did anything like that. Aside from the Lenape Stone, which is viewed today as a forgery, there is little evidence that they did any kind of cult stonework (given another 1000 years before the European invasion, however, they might have.) So this bowl or “Schale” seems to be just a natural formation.

A trail map can be found here. A leisurely hike on the Forge Trail loop from the Fernbrook access takes about 90 minutes.

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2 Responses to Coventry Woods

  1. ellroon says:

    We have those holes in rocks all over California. Looks to me like the same kind of thing.

  2. Marcellina says:

    Thank you for that link!

    A lot of the stone here looks somehow “softer” and less durable than elsewhere, on the other hand the Lenape had to grind their meal on something, didn’t they? Interesting thought… I guess I need to do some more research on the Lenape who lived here.

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