Stonehedge Gardens History
Stonehedege Gardens was created in 1966 by Russell Keich and Don Herring with the purchase of an old Pennsylvania farm house and property three miles south of the beautiful mountain town of Tamaqua.Their dream was to create beauty and share it with the others.
From their first day on the property, Russell and Don began the process of transforming the farm fields with the help of committed friends and volunteers into the beautiful gardens visitors see today.
Each tree and flower was planted...each boulder placed...each pond dug...a titanic effort spanning forty-five years...and all as a labor of love and a gift to share with the community.
The old farm house was renovated with artifacts salvaged from dismantled, historic churches,retail shops and industrial sites throughout the coal region.
The result is an extraordinary aesthetic creation inside and out.
The summer house on the old farm has been one of the most recent structural renovations. Sitting at the center of the gardens with a series of french doors that open on both sides out to the gardens, the large winterized structure is the perfect place for events of all kinds and available to the public as a rental facilitiy.
In 1998 Stonehedge Gardens was designated as As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit by the federal government with the help of a voluntary board of directors in order preserve the legacy and beauty of Stonehedge for generations to come. Stonehedge Gardens continues to operate under the direction and hands-on effort of a voluntary board of directors with the invaluable help of members and volunteers.
The non-profit is sustained by broad public support in the form of grants, donations, memberships, fundraisers and admissions to events. If you would like to know more about becoming a member please click here.
For over 30 years the Stonehedge Gardens Annual Tree Lighting has been a cornerstone for the celebration of the season in the region.
Stonehedge Gardens ethos focuses on creating environmental sustainability .
Stonehedge Gardens Mission
The mission of Stonehedge Gardens is to provide a
healing, sacred, inclusive environment for the cultivation of personal and community transformation and wellness through the gardens and nature, the arts and holistic education.