God I love discovering new places, especially a forest. Honestly, how many times do you think about going for a hike? I know, sometimes that is not even a possibility for many of us due to direct or indirect reasons. Hikes can be enjoyed in many different locations. All of them offer different scenes, animals, ambient, encounters and experiences. Ever heard of a school of forestry? Although this is not a strict hiking blog, you do get to walk a decent amount of distance while discovering the forest. And to be sincere, it is good to visualize stuff that can be found inside of forests; specifically the immense Pisgah Forest.
Let’s go over to North Carolina and continue discovering this gorgeous state. Let’s go into the Vanderbilt school of forestry and discover this fun place. Two main areas will be included. The first one is the school of forestry which was a very interesting place to visit. The second one will be the ranger’s dwelling were students resided during their study years. Have in mind that the Vanderbilt school of forestry possesses three main trails.
- The Biltmore Trail
- The Discovery Trail
- Festival Trail
School of forestry
We will only cover what is included in the Biltmore trail. So our first stop is at the school of forestry. Legend has it that horses were very important for forestry students. That was their main mean of transport. Dr. Schenck, the teacher, would always expect students to be on time so they would gallop their selves to class. Each day before class, students would stop at the comissionary to eat pork, beans, hoop cheese and canned peaches. Students would measure trees with a Biltmore stick which became a standard measuring parameter.
After the school of forestry, we proceeded to visit the Ranger’s dwelling. The road is interconnected with a short tunnel. Ranger’s Dwelling was made in 1882 by Hiram King. George Gillespie and family gave shelter to many students back in the day in the swelling. 8 students (rangers) were able to live there and would get fed up to two times a day by Mrs. Gillespie. The garden was used as a seeding nursery for school projects. In front of the Gillespie’s house, one can find an the old comissionary full of tools used for schooling motives. Entering the place truly felt like going back in time because of the excellent way it has all been preserved. I will attach several pictures to further expand visually on how both the Gillespie’s’ house looked like and also the comissionary.
Modern days are filled with technology and colorful sets compared to the old school style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One can only imagine how everything looked back then after visiting these classic setting. Chess boards for students, drinks, tools, and social spaces were all common back then. Life was surely different in this recent past. No social media, no cellphones. No cellphones? Well there were other ways of enjoying spare hours. Horse riding, logging and other sports were practiced. It was all basic and rudimentary.
This concludes this article centered around the ranger’s dwelling and the comissionary where students would hang out and wait for the mail to arrive. We will continue learning about the Biltmore campus trail furthermore in the next article. The more we discover Pisgah Forest, the more we become aware of its eclectic nature. See ya soon.