About 950 people attended Eden Mill’s Fall Fest, on November 4, including representatives of the Trust.
The free community event included a passport scavenger hunt, a huge leaf pile, farm animals at a small petting zoo, rescued wild animals at the Phoenix Wildlife Center tent, and even pumpkins launched using a trebuchet. “It’s our way of saying, ‘thank you’ to the 10,000 people who come here every year for our programs, for our canoe trips and just to visit the mill and the nature center,” Frank Marsden, Eden Mill’s naturalist and program director.
In 2008, Harford Land Trust expanded Eden Mill with the purchase of a 44-acre adjoining parcel in Pylesville. The Trust negotiated the terms of the agreement between the Vaughn family and a partnership of the State of Maryland’s Program Open Space and the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation. The property includes more than 30 heavily wooded acres as well as one-half mile of stream bank along Big Branch Creek, which is consistent with the water protection strategies outlined in the County’s Deer Creek Watershed Restoration Action Strategy.