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Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum

880 Green Bay Road

In 1935, Ruth Teuscher purchased 40 acres of land in the Town of Somers in northern Kenosha County. Inspired by a grove of native hawthorn trees growing along the Pike River, she and her sister, Margaret, both teachers in Racine, named the property Hawthorn Hollow. They soon posted the land as a wildlife refuge, the first step toward developing what is now Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum.

Reflecting the Teuscher sisters' interests, Hawthorn Hollow today combines nature, history and horticulture. Two miles of nature trails wind through the woods of the Pike River Valley. In spring, the forest floor is covered with native wildflowers. During the spring and fall migrating seasons, many songbirds stop at Hawthorn Hollow. Others remain year 'round, making Hawthorn Hollow one of the finest bird watching spots in the area.

Unique to Hawthorn Hollow is a small but valuable area of original prairie, reflecting the type of vegetation that once covered much of the Midwest. Hawthorn Hollow also boasts a restored prairie, perennial gardens, a butterfly garden and a dwarf conifer collection.

To assure the preservation of Hawthorn Hollow, the Teuscher sisters deeded their property to the Hyslop Foundation in 1967. Since then, its Board of Trustees has made many significant contributions to Hawthorn Hollow.

With the help of outside contributions, three historic buildings were moved to the property in 1967: the original Pike River School (1847), the second Pike River School (1906), and the original Somers Town Hall (1859).

The Hyslop Foundation also established a twelve-acre arboretum which features a variety of trees and shrubs, including Ruth's lilac collection, which runs along the south edge of the arboretum.

The Friends of Hawthorn Hollow was established in 1988 to help preserve, maintain and further improve Hawthorn Hollow. This organization provides financial and maintenance support through memberships, fund-raising events, boutique sales and volunteer work days.


Shellie Cannon

Friday, May 18, 2018
I love Hawthorne Hallow. Beautiful scenery with any trail you take and absolutely awesome close up views of remarkable landmarks in the area. I was able to see some of the most colorful flowers blooming when I took my morning walk there. It is the perfect spot to go on a nature hike and enjoy the quiet scenery during the day.

M Neely

Friday, March 9, 2018
What a lovely preserve. Apparently at one time it was a "utopia"-like community, and the old schoolhouse and church have been preserved. It's a beautiful setting, and a great place to take a walk.

Chet Andrew Grant

Friday, June 15, 2018
Absolutely Gorgeous! Amazing scenery, trails etc. Love this place

June Grogan

Monday, May 28, 2018
Family friendly nature sanctuary. Great place for a hike, bird watching, star gazing

Joanna Roth

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
A beautiful non-profit nature sanctuary and arboretum located off of Green Bay Road in Kenosha, WI. They offer many activities throughout the year including tapping sugar bushes in March for maple syrup; many bird watching walks through the season; seeding of heritage plants; Breakfast with the Birds in May, crafting projects like trellis, bird houses, quilting, candle making, live music during the summer, and so much more. Take a walk around and enjoy yourself. While you're there, feel free to leave a donation before hitting the trails!

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