Plum Grove in 1838

From Palatine drive south on Plum Grove Road sometime and turn right on Old Plum Grove Road. As you travel down the pretty winding lane take a look at the scenery on the left. What you are looking at is the western edge of an ancient stand of trees known as Plum Grove. We have a description of that part of the grove from 173 years ago. Mr. E. L. Berry surveyed this part of Palatine Township for the federal government in 1838. He described what he saw in a set of field notes attached to the survey: “Timber and prairie level, soil good and fit for cultivation. Timber: White Oak, Black Oak, Hickory, Elm, Walnut; Undergrowth: Hickory, Hazle, and Vines.” Is this description still correct?

About David Hammer

I'm a volunteer for the Palatine Historical Society.
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