Monthly Archives: October 2013

Local Stone Axe Preserved

Native American Indians chose to live near and utilize the rich resources of watercourses of varying sizes.  In this instance, someone from the Archaic culture chose a water-washed stone from the French Creek area in Sheffield to fashion it into a stone tool.  The French Creek is the northernmost major tributary of the Black River.  This 3/4 grooved stone axe was found by the late Peter Bungart, who grew up in that area and was a paleontologist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  He is from the same family who owned the island in the Black River, known as Bungart Island.  Mr. Bungart later became a close friend of Col. Vietzen’s, and Vietzen later acquired many of Bungart’s artifacts after his death.

The handwritten tag on this artifact, written by Col. Vietzen states, “Axe pecked from a water-wahsed stone found by Peter Bungart on French Creek in Sheffield, Ohio.  Archaic Cult. circa 4,000 B.C.”  It measures 8″ long.  The stone was purchased and donated to the Museum by the Rounds family for Col. Nahorn’s Birthday in October 2013.  It is a very fine and interesting local artifact, and we are very pleased to be able to preserve and keep this important local piece in the area.

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Trees Added to Wildlife Preserve, Arboretum

This Fall we added more native trees to the Wildlife Preserve and Arboretum at the Historic Shupe Homestead.  Some trees that we had growing in our nursery were planted in their permanent homes, including a black oak, poplar trees, and American sycamores.  In September 2013 we made a trip down to the Secrest Arboretum, which is part of the Ohio State University, in Wooster.  There, we purchased a nice Northern Hemlock during their tree sale.  They also had free trees, so we chose a nice poplar and a redbud.  These were also planted here at the Arboretum.  It is always nice to see new, native trees added to our tree collection, which Col. Nahorn has been building for several years.

On October 12, 2013, we planted a 15-gallon Chinquapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) to the Arboretum here at the Shupe Homestead and Wildlife Preserve.  This is another nice native oak, and it is a fine addition to our oak collection.  Art Parker, our arborist consultant aided in choosing this fine specimen.  On October 15th, a butternut tree, or white walnut (Juglans cinerea) was donated to the Arboretum, and we promptly found a nice spot for it here.  It is related to the black walnut but is much less common.  We are very pleased to have this native tree specimen at the Arboretum.


Chinquapin oak at the Arboretum.

White walnut or Butternut tree at the Arboretum.

White walnut or Butternut tree at the Arboretum.