New Quarter Park

Julia, Adonis, Ezzie, and I (Annaliese) visited New Quarter Park on a Friday Afternoon in late March. New Quarter Park was far more vast and rich with history than we anticipated. We were eager to explore the park, especially long and winding “Queens Creek.” The creek extends from New Quarter Park and serves as a tributary of the York River. Upon reaching the creek, our group found several oysters at the shore and quickly pulled out our phones to learn about the creek through the park’s virtual guided tour. We learned about the native fish of the area, which includes the Catfish, Crappie, Blue Gill, and American eel. We did not see any of these fish as we sat on the dock, but we did take time to sit in the sun and take in all that we could see of Queen’s Creek. We learned at a later landmark that archaeologists found oyster shell mounds and have concluded that the first peoples on this land ate these oysters. The virtual tour told us that the Kiskiack Indians inhabited Queens Creek and likely used the creek for transportation.

Our group came across this massive tree stump as we were walking back to our car. We pulled out our phones and found out that it was a Northern Red Oak that was torn down after a devastating storm in 2018. The virtual tour asked us to look the tree’s rings to discover its age, period of growth, and how whether or not the ecosystem was providing the tree with the resources it needed to thrive.

Here is a photo of some native plants in New Quarter Park. This sign encourages visitors to add native plants to their garden if they would like it to thrive. This sign reminded our group of how colonial forces have introduced non native plants to ecosystems that cannot sustain it. This sign promotes the introduction of more native plants in one’s own backyard.

Here is a photo Julia took of us in our park! We wanted to include this because this class has talked so much about visualizing ourselves as part of nature. After visiting this park and researching its history, our group definitely feels more connected to this part of nature.

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