Two canopy trees that stood as century guardians observing the development of Chestnut Hill now only exist in our shared history.
Among the evolution of our planned green community, two canopy trees that stood as century guardians observing the development of Chestnut Hill now only exist in our shared history.
Two proposed development projects are at the site where the canopy trees once stood.
Among the many mature trees in Chestnut Hill, these two marked Chestnut Hill’s historical roots and were among the oldest to have added to our neighborhood's scenic character. Those aging trees stood over the Chestnut Hill community and bore witness to the city's infrastructure and transportation advancements under their branches.
As early as 1711, the name "Chestnut Hill" was applied to this area in recorded land transfers. The tiny settlement grew around two roads, Germantown Pike (opened in 1687) and Bethlehem Pike (opened in 1703), linking Chestnut Hill with Philadelphia and farms in the backcountry. (Read the complete account on the Chestnut Hill National Register Historic District nomination.)
While there are mixed feelings about the new developments, we hope the next stage for our beloved main street will add to the character of our community. The Chestnut Hill Conservancy hopes these new residents and structures will continue the community spirit and honor Chestnut Hill’s roots as history goes on.
Programs and Communications Manager, Chestnut Hill Conservancy
Co-founder of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society