By Julie Collins
On Saturday JP and Julie decided to trek into Schenley Park, a wooded park area expanding hundreds of acres in Pittsburgh, PA. Our expectations were low, as we learned very quickly after moving here that Pittsburgh doesn’t even come close to the budget that San Francisco has to put toward beautification projects. But, we wanted to walk among the trees, take pictures and get a feel for the terrain.
Named for Mary Schenley, the estranged daughter (and only child) of widower William Croghan, Jr., the park did not disappoint. The history of the park itself is indeed scandalous. Young Mary Elizabeth Croghan was an heiress to the Croghan fortune, but at the tender age of 15, escaped from her Long Island Boarding School and married the headmistresses’ brother in law, 43-year-old Captain Edward Schenley! Needless to say, the scandal brought the Croghan family much shame and young Mary was disinherited.
But as time went on and Mary bore William Croghan, Jr. many grand-children, he forgave his daughter’s impetuous indiscretion and built a stunning homage to her in the form of Schenley Park.
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Julie and JP