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Vanderbilt Created The Cradle Of Forestry


Last updated 3/20/2017 at 4:22pm

Students pose on horseback in front of the school house circa early 1900s. Students were required to have a horse in order to enroll in the forestry program.

By Robert Beanblossom

Nestled in a mountainous valley known as the Pink Beds is the Cradle of Forestry in America, a national historic site. This spot in the heart of the Pisgah National Forest is aptly named for it is the birthplace of scientific forestry in the United States.

This story begins in early 1888. That year a wealthy young man, George Washington Vanderbilt, traveled to the nearby town of Asheville along with his mother, who sought relief from malarial-like symptoms. Dr. S. Westray Battle, a retired U.S. Navy surgeon and a highly respected pulmonary specialist with a pract...

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