The Sawkill Creek - Preserving & Enhancing Nature’s Beauty

The Sawkill Creek


Preserving & Enhancing Nature’s Beauty

Author and landscape designer Andrew Jackson Downing described this secluded lake, connected to the Lower Falls through a series of trails, as “full of the very spirit of repose.”

He was typical of elites in that he valued the spot as a place for the quiet contemplation of nature.

Garden structures like the temple added to his delight. In this wood engraving, a woman wearing a sunbonnet propels a pretty rowboat. A carved wooden butterfly representing Psyche, or the soul, sits on the vessel’s prow, a fitting decoration for this reflective setting.

The Lake, from “A Visit to Montgomery Place,” in The Horticulturist, by Alexander Jackson Davis (1847). 

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