BROOKHAVEN HAMLET

Post-Morrow offering phone tour of property

Linda Leuzzi
Posted 4/24/20

On Saturday, the snowy egret was there. Its beautiful white plum- age puffed out a bit as the visitor approached the small pond along the South Loop trail; then it flew away.

That wasn’t the …

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BROOKHAVEN HAMLET

Post-Morrow offering phone tour of property

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On Saturday, the snowy egret was there. Its beautiful white plum- age puffed out a bit as the visitor approached the small pond along the South Loop trail; then it flew away.

That wasn’t the only nature wonder along the walk. Trees, coaxed tall by a higher power, exuded a golden hue, like a cathedral, when the sun hit.

The sight was a calming reminder of nature and its healing powers.

“You’ll pass pitch pines, oaks, cedars, red maples,” explained Post-Morrow Foundation vice president Tom Williams. The trail leads to the Ken Budny Boardwalk that overlooks Beaver Dam Creek, where a couple of benches encourage meditation or low-key conversation. The entire walk is about a mile. (Budny, a beloved local and facilities manager at Post-Morrow, died in March 2015; the boardwalk was named after him several months later. His son, Scott, works there as stewardship assistant.)

Nature and loving tending exude from the homestead and grounds of the Post-Morrow Foundation on Bay Road off Beaver Dam Road, but it’s not the only trail location that this nonprofit organization has produced for those who want to see meadows, trees and birds. Dogs are welcome on leashes, but please, pick up after your pet on these respected grounds. And keep that social distance.

Burnett Lane and Edgar Avenue Preserves, as well as the Long Meadow/H.O.G. Farm, are other trails off Beaver Dam Road. A small green hiking sign on these roads signifies the trail entries.

Grab a trail pamphlet at the Post-Morrow homestead mailbox.

“There are 33 stations on the Brookhaven Hamlet Cell Phone Tour,” said Williams. Call 631-866-7049, and you’ll get the skinny. Push Nos. 1 and 2 and you’ll hear Williams’ voice narrating about the Post-Morrows’ history and Mrs. Morrow’s home, the big white house on the Post-Morrow property.

“The trails are all about a mile,” Williams said. “Edgar Avenue has a trail where half is meadow, half woodland, and we’ve kept it that way to support as much diversity and wildlife as we can.” The topography is also true at Burnett Lane and Long Meadow. “We mow the fields once a year to clear the brush from taking over so some of it can remain natural meadow; we also use a brush hog,” Williams added.

As for birds, bring your binoculars and a bird book. There are herons, ducks, bald eagles and osprey along the Beaver Dam Creek, where the boardwalk winds. Other sightings on the trails include red-winged blackbirds, a kingfisher, owls and glossy ibis. “Blue birds have been seen at Long Meadow,” Williams added.

Post-Morrow in Brookhaven hamlet recognized its 50th anniversary last September with a lively celebration. Tickets were a decent price, $40. The New Students played their fun, rollick- ing music and the menu offered clam chowder, pork sliders, chili and more, with beer and wine. Funds help with the maintenance of their properties. Its mission, conceived by Thomas and Elisabeth Post-Morrow, is to acquire property, either by gift or purchase, and establish nature preserves and sanctuaries in Brookhaven hamlet and surrounding areas. The founda- tion owns over 100 acres of Beaver Dam Creek, a priority, and has lent a hand in several nearby significant land preservation deals, including the nearby Center for Environmental Education and Discovery on South Country Road.

Williams said their next project is creating a labyrinth near the South Loop.

As for trail reactions, “some people do comment,” Williams said. “We’ve been getting some nice feedback.”

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