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Oakbourne Park

Oakbourne Park is a small township park in Westtown Township, Chester County. Prior to building the current township office building the township board of supervisors held all of their meetings at the mansion. Here are a couple of links so you can learn more about the park and the history of the mansion originally built in the late 1800's.

Friends of Oakbourne

A whimsical blog entry

Even though the park is only 90 some acres, it holds a lot of interesting things to photograph. There is the Victorian architecture of the mansion and it's out buildings that include a water tower (built primarily so as to have a water source to fight fire) and a garage. (I've not photographed the carriage house so as to not disturb the residence.)

Oakbourne Mansion

Oakbourne Mansion with a fresh cover of snow.

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Water Tower at Oakbourne

In Fall/Winter

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Water Tower At Night

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Water Tower Details

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Door of Water Tower Door Detail Window Note the gauge at the top

Garage

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The Grounds

In Spring

While not what I would call a wildflower Mecca, the park does host some interesting wildflowers. This is especially true for early sprig before the forest canopy blocks too much light to support growth of smaller plants. Snow drops announce the coming of spring. These small plants with white flowers are the first to emerge in the transition from winter to spring.

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I don't know what these gorgeous small blue flowers are. I've not been able to key them out. I first saw them at Oakboure several years ago. Since then I have seen them at Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve on the Susquehanna River. If you know what these are please drop me an email. Thanks to Jere Woodward I now know these are Siberian Squill.

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In Fall/Winter

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Yellow Maple Leafs and Stone Bridge Maple Leaf on Snow
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Leaf Detail Maple Leaf on Snow
 

The Bird Bath/Water Fountain

We can't leave out a pix of the water fountain.

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