Festival of the Woods celebrates cultural and natural resources of Aiken’s urban forest
Remnants of a railroad built prior to the Civil War can be found in Aiken’s Hitchcock Woods along with Native American artifacts that are thousands of years old and pieces of alkaline-glazed stoneware pottery made in the 1800s.
Also in the forest are endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers.
The birds disappeared from Hitchcock Woods in the late 1960s or early 1970s, but an effort to reintroduce them began two years ago and they are thriving.
During the Festival of the Woods on Sept. 21, the approximately 300 attendees could learn about those natural and cultural resources by talking to experts and looking at several displays.
The featured speaker was Patrick McMillan the host, co-creator and writer of the South Carolina Educational Television program “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan.” He also is the director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden.
The Festival of the Woods was a fundraiser for the Hitchcock Woods Foundation.