D&R Greenway Events

Discovery Center at Point Breeze – Talk about Trees with Dr. Dan Druckenbrod, Sunday December 10

Talk About Trees
Sunday, December 2
1:00 pm–?

Dr. Dan Druckenbrod of Rider University will present “Talk about Trees” to tell the story
of historic trees he has discovered on the Point Breeze land through a survey and tree core sampling.

Please email us at info@drgreenway.org to RSVP and let us know
if you would like to attend!

Admission to the Discovery Center at Point Breeze is free.
A suggested donation of $10 provides the donor with a souvenir magnet
and supports programs and exhibits.

DIRECTIONS: GPS to Divine Word Missionaries, 101 Park Avenue, Bordentown

D&R Greenway Land Trust Announces Holiday Open House
and Talk about Trees at the
Discovery Center at Point Breeze in Bordentown

The public is invited to a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 2nd from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Discovery Center at Point Breeze, located at 101 Park Street, Bordentown, NJ. Beginning in December, the new open hours for visitors will be Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon- 4:00 pm. A special holiday lecture, Talk about Trees, will be presented on Sunday, December 10th, at 1:00 pm during Visitor Hours. Holiday hours include the afternoons of December 26 and 27. The Discovery Center will be closed on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Group tours may be scheduled on weekdays by appointment. Information is available at www.drgreenway.org or by calling D&R Greenway at 609-924-4646. RSVP to info@drgreenway.org.

The public is invited to enjoy mulled cider, hot chocolate and cookies at a Holiday Open House at D&R Greenway’s Discovery Center at Point Breeze on Saturday, December 2nd, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Located at 101 Park Street, Bordentown, NJ, the Discovery Center was created by D&R Greenway Land Trust in a renovated historic home that belonged to Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte’s gardener in the early 1800s. The house will be open with exhibits about the history, land and people of Point Breeze, including the Lenape and Bonaparte.

Display case in the Natural World Room at the Discovery Center at Point Breeze includes tree core samples among Native American and bird exhibits.

During the month of December, a Holiday Tree will grace the Crown Jewels Gallery. Visitors are invited to bring an ornament to decorate the tree, commemorating the history of Point Breeze, the natural features that can be found on the land or the local community. Homemade Fleur de Lis ornaments will be available to decorate for a small donation.

On Sunday, December 10th, at 1:00 pm, Dr. Dan Druckenbrod of Rider University will present “Talk about Trees” to tell the story of historic trees he has discovered on the Point Breeze land through a survey and tree core sampling. Three of Dr. Druckenbrod’s core samples are on display at the Discovery Center, including one from a tree dated before the Bonaparte era. A noted dendrologist, he has conducted a scientific study that began under the ownership of Divine Word Missionaries and continued with permission from the State and co-managers the City of Bordentown and D&R Greenway. Dr. Druckenbrod is preparing to publish a book on his work and will reveal previously unknown facts. This will be a unique opportunity to hear about his discoveries first-hand. Please send RSVP’s to info@drgreenway.org for the December 10 Talk About Trees lecture.

Historic Map showing location of historic trees at Point Breeze

These two events, the Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 2nd, and the Talk about Trees on Sunday, December 10th, celebrate the Discovery Center’s new weekend visitor hours. Beginning in December, the Discovery Center will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 Noon – 4:00 pm every weekend. The Discovery Center will be closed on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Special holiday hours have been added on December 26 and 27 to accommodate families who are home for the holidays.

Layers of history are represented at the Discovery Center. Visitors learn the preservation story and about the land’s Lenape inhabitants in the Peoples Room. The Crown Jewels Gallery showcases special features of Point Breeze, seen as the “crown jewels” that can be found on the land, in reference to Bonaparte’s escape as King of Spain from where he is reputed to have taken the Crown Jewels to support his lifestyle in exile. Climbing a staircase to the second floor, visitors pass beneath an Italian glass chandelier that symbolizes Joseph and his brother Napoleon Bonaparte’s Italian ancestry and birth on the island of Corsica. In the Walk Through Time Room, visitors view an 1819 painting of Jospeh Bonaparte, thanks to the family of Louis Mailliard, his lifelong confidant and Secretary. Turing to the Natural World room, stories focus on nature and the Delaware River, including the nearly extinct sturgeon and birds seen by John James Audubon and ornithologist Charles Lucien Bonaparte.

 

The Discovery Center at Point Breeze with a new welcoming sign and flags commemorating the Lenape Nation and Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte
The Original People Flag, designed by Eric Labacz, will welcome visitors to the Discovery Center at Point Breeze

All are welcome to discovery!

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About D&R Greenway Land Trust:  D&R Greenway Land Trust is an accredited nonprofit that has reached a new milestone of over 22,000 acres of land preserved throughout central New Jersey since 1989. By protecting land in perpetuity and creating public trails, it gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The land trust’s preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food for residents of the region—including those most in need. Through strategic land conservation and stewardship, D&R Greenway combats climate change, protects birds and wildlife, and ensures clean drinking water for future generations.

D&R Greenway’s mission is centered on connecting land with people from all walks of life. Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and www.drgreenway.org to learn about the organization’s latest news and in-person and virtual programs. D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540.  The best way to reach D&R Greenway staff is by sending an e-mail to info@drgreenway.org or by calling D&R Greenway at 609-924-4646.

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