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Hand’s WOODS Project 5-year Plan Proposal. Presentation by: Jared Brooks Ed Corriveau Elizabeth Fantazzia Katrina Longenecker Shawn Sensenig . Hand’s Woods. Millersville University.

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hand s woods project 5 year plan proposal

Hand’s WOODS Project5-year Plan Proposal

Presentation by:

Jared Brooks

Ed Corriveau

Elizabeth Fantazzia

Katrina Longenecker

Shawn Sensenig

Hand’s Woods

Millersville University

the wooded lot
Hand’s woods is a 7.99 acre wood lot that is positioned behind Hand Middle and Washington Elementary School.

Hand Middle School

The Wooded Lot

Washington Elementary

present condition of wooded lot
Most recently the wooded lot has been a site of drug activity, homeless people, dumping of debris, and all terrain vehicle use.

But more historically the site has had a much cleaner, and educational past.

Present Condition of Wooded Lot
general edward hand
General Edward Hand
  • The wooded lot got it’s name just as The middle school received theirs. Revolutionary war General Edward Hand was born in Ireland on December 31st in 1744.
  • In 1767, Hand sailed to Philadelphia to be a surgeon. He arrived in Lancaster in 1774, which he made his new home and began performing surgeries and studying physics
revolutionary war veteran
Revolutionary War Veteran
  • He was a very strong believer in independence, so he joined the colonists and fought as a Lieutenant Colonel for the First Battalion of Pennsylvanian Riflemen.
  • Through his exploits he reached the rank of Brigadier General. He then became the Adjutant General, and fought in the battle of Yorktown after which he marched all of his troops back to Lancaster.
hand s exploits in lancaster
Hand’s exploits in Lancaster
  • As a Federalist, Hand still remained very active in politics after the war had ended. He held many Positions in Lancaster, including: Chief Burgess of Lancaster, Presidential Elector, Delegate for the 1970 Pennsylvanian Constitution, member of Congress (1784-1785), and member of the Pennsylvania Assembly (1785-1786).
rockford plantation
Rockford Plantation
  • General Hand lived out the remainder of his life on his 177 acre farm in Lancaster. On September 3rd, 1802, he died from cholera on his farm in Rockford near Lancaster. Currently, Hand’s Rockford plantation is a historical site and is located one mile south of Lancaster.
myths surrounding hand s woods the great depression and the trolley
Myths Surrounding Hand’s Woods: The Great Depression and the Trolley
  • In the years following the Great Depression Lancaster went through a period of poverty and decay.
  • The neighborhood surrounding Hand’s woods was referred to Barney Google Row.

Barney Google Row, 1944

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Barney Google Row
  • The name Barney Google was a representation of a hillbilly and “ne’er do well”.
  • The row became synonymous among the population of Lancaster City as a place for poor rural people, with often spoke a catchy slang and were not prepared for city life.
barney google row11
Barney Google Row:
  • On July 10, 1957 Barney Google Row and it’s substandard housing were demolished.
  • Why is Barney Google Row important?
    • It is a source of urban myth surrounding the woods. Many people interviewed originally thought the housing was inside the wooded lot, but this was not the case.
urban myths the trolley that never was
Another popular myth is that the Lancaster Trolley ran through the wooded lot.

In actuality the Trolley ran near by, but there were no tracks that ran through the woods themselves.

Urban Myths: The Trolley that Never Was

A Birney Car taken In front of The Lancaster County Court House at the corner of King and Duke St. 1942

rocky springs amusement park
Rocky Springs Amusement Park
  • Although the Trolley did not run through Hand’s Woods, hundreds of people passed by the wooded lot on their weekend trip to Rocky Springs Amusement Park.


Environment and Ecology

Earth Science

Physical Education



  • Environment and Ecology
    • Stream Study
    • Garden Planting
  • Earth Science
    • Topographic Geologic Survey
    • Rock Identification
    • Weather Station
  • Physical Education
    • Low Ropes Course
    • Climbing Wall
  • History
    • History of area located in and around Woods
    • History of entire Lancaster area
hand s woods board
Hand’s WOODS Board
  • Executive Director:
  • Secretary/Program Coordinator:
  • Funds Committee:
  • Liability Committee:
  • Maintenance Committee:
hand s woods board continued
Hand’s WOODS Board Continued
  • Hand’s WOODS Watch:
  • Development Committee:
  • Education Committee:
  • Community liaison:
5 year plan

5 year Plan

What to do, and when.

year 1
Year 1
  • Initial Cleanup.
    • Here getting help from outside groups would help greatly.
  • Funding.
    • Grants are the best course of action.
    • Fundraising is also an option.
    • Donations
  • Board.
    • Develop Board Structure
  • Development
    • Stairs, Trails, etc.
    • Crosswalk
  • Safety
    • Sinkholes
    • Patrols
    • Signs
    • Community
year 2
Year 2
  • Finances
    • Continue Grant money.
  • Education
    • Involve children outside.
  • Development
    • Signs, maps, benches
    • Ropes Course, Frisbee Golf
    • Stocking native plants, wetland
  • Safety
    • Continue patroling.
year 3
Year 3
  • Funds
    • Grants
  • Maintenance
    • Keep Trails Clear.
    • Trash.
  • Safety
    • Continue patrolling
  • Education
    • Begin to take classes out to the WOODS
      • Science
      • Pys. Ed.
      • Geology
      • History
        • Local history about the woods
  • Development
    • Wetland
    • Plants
      • Native
      • Edible
    • Shed
year 4 and 5
Year 4 and 5
  • Funding
    • Grants
    • Fund raisers
  • Maintenance
    • Trails
    • Trash
  • Safety
    • Patrols
  • Education
    • Full use of WOODS
  • Development
    • Shed
  • Possible Grants:
  • Green Works Grant Program
      • http://www.plt.org/cms/pages/21_22_18.html
      • Up to $5,000
  • Environmental Education Grants Program
      • http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/grants.html
      • Up to $15,000
  • Environmental Education Program
      • http://ncseonline.org/Education/cms.cfm?id=1201
  • United Disabilities Program
      • Up to $35,000
  • Evergreen Funding Consultants
      • http://evergreenfc.com/section_services/services_community.htm
  • Project S.N.A.P.
      • http://projectsnap.org/raisemoneyforschools.html
      • $4.00 for every poster
  • Phone raiser
      • www.phoneraiser.com
  • Bake sale
  • Candy sale
  • Ask local businesses to donate supplies, plants, money, etc.
    • John Herr’s
    • Banks
    • Home Depot
    • Lowe’s
    • Funk’s