Naturalist Frank Marsden from Eden Mill Nature Center led a group of more than 100 brave souls of all ages through the woods around Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air for the second annual Walk in the Woods on Presidents’ Day Monday.
The event drew a number of children who enjoyed spreading birdseed and nuts to feed the animals as they walked through the trails, organizers said. The woods around Liriodendron also are home to the Ma & Pa Heritage Trail from Bel Air to Fallston and its spur to the mansion’s parking lot.
“The idea of a walk stemmed from the fact there were nine Kelly children and assuredly they explored every acre of this magnificent historical site,” Harford County Councilman James McMahan, who is chairman of the Liriodendron Foundation, said.
The foundation operates and maintains the historic Bel Air summer home of Dr. Howard Kelly and his wife, Laetitia, which was completed in 1898. Dr. Kelly was one of the founders of the John Hopkins Medical School.
Walkers were treated to hot chocolate and animal crackers prepared by Liriodendron staff at the conclusion of the walk, McMahan said.
Liriodendron is used as a wedding, conference and arts facility. The property is owned by Harford County government.