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December 27, 2012

Enchanted Forest, Part II: How a dream sanctuary took wing

(Continued)

If there is even the slightest downside to the realization of Thomas Cochran’s dream, it is that the sanctuary never took hold as a popular gathering place for students. Yet, meticulously managed over its long history by its superintendents, and now by the manager of grounds, it has evolved into what Cochran envisioned – “a natural piece of ground intersected by paths and adorned by ponds ...inhabited by birds and trees and wild flowers.”

Today, it is a natural woodland enjoyed by walkers and runners throughout the year and cross-country skiers in the winter months. Located at the end of Chapel Avenue, the sanctuary is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sanctuary offers a breath of fresh air, one well worth taking.

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