Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Beech Forest

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Institution Name: Virginia Wesleyan College
Original/Historic Place Name: Beech Forest
Location on Campus: southeast campus (1584 Wesleyan Dr., Norfolk, VA 23502)
Date(s) of Construction:
n.d.natural landscape
Designer: not applicable
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: history, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 2004-present (2006)outdoor space (site for biological/ecological study)

Beech forest is an old-growth hardwood forest which gives a glimpse into past forest conditions in the tidewater region. It is several acres of mature hardwoods, with a very tall canopy and an undisturbed understory, making it a sustainable ecological system. Suggesting the pre-colonial appearance of the area, the forest is a unique and beautiful part of the campus.

Beech forest is important to the history of the college because the land which is now the campus was formerly a farm. Though in the course of the construction of the campus the beech forest area was reduced, recent construction plans have been modified so as to preserve the large area remaining.


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