Quarryville Elementary School


211 South Hess Street, Quarryville PA

Scott Peiffer, Kathleen Hood


In 1999 Quarryville Elementary put together a terrific tree project.  Work- ing with Principal Kathleen Hood and helped by a grant, landscaper and school alumni Scott Peiffer (3rd photo) shepherded the planting of 11 two-year-old seedlings from American Heritage Trees.  AHT is a non-profit that sells certifiably authentic descen- dants of historic trees.


A few years later, Peiffer and Hood staged a “tree walk” for students. Vol- unteers dressed in period garb and portraying the represented characters (e.g., George Washington) were sta- tioned by each tree to explain its na- tural history as well as the relevant human history.


Some of the trees (including those representing Clara Barton, Nathan Hale, George Washington Carver, and Betsy Ross) died when transplanted because of a construction project.


But the collection still contains a George Washington Tulip Poplar, an Abraham Lincoln White Oak, a Martin Luther King Sycamore, a Dwight Eisen- hower Green Ash, a Johnny Appleseed Apple Tree, and a Harpers Ferry Dog- wood (see entries for these individual trees for more information).