The lands that now make up the Reeves-Reed Arboretum have been walked upon by Lenni Lenape Native Americans, tilled by Revolutionary-era farmers, and built into a sprawling country estate by their turn-of-the-century owners. Today, more than 13 acres of cultivated lawns, gardens, and woodlands welcome nature lovers who wander along trails, visit the Wisner House—a Colonial Revival shingle-style abode designed in 1889—and partake of educational programming to learn why tree trunks don’t have electrical outlets. The arboretum maintains 5.5 acres of formal gardens, including an azalea garden, an herb garden, a rock garden, and a rose garden whose first blossoms set down roots back in 1925.
Before setting off to explore these leafy environs, families can drop by the Discovery Center to pick up a backpack with binoculars, field guides, and a magnifying glass for examining the subtle differences between a centipede and a Twizzler. At the Wesson Family Nature Grove, visitors can use a viewing scope to peer at the birds visiting the fish pond. On event days, guests can also stop by lectures, join festivities such as Maple Sugar Fest, or listen to the strains of jazz wafting through the night air.