Dawes Arboretum

From Ohio History Central
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The Daweswood House in Summer

In 1929, Beman Gates Dawes and Bertie Burr Dawes established the Dawes Arboretum near Newark, Ohio. The Dawes hoped "to give pleasure to the public and education to the youth; and to increase the general knowledge and love of trees and shrubs, and bring about an increase and improvement in their growth and culture." When first established, the Dawes Arboretum contained more than five hundred different types of plants. As of 2004, 5,701 different types of plants grew on the arboretum's more than 1,700 acres. As of 2006, the Dawes Arboretum contained 102 trees dedicated to famous people and organizations. Among the more prominent honoraries were Orville Wright, James Cox, and John Glenn. The Dawes Arboretum remains one of Licking County's most important tourist attractions.

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