Adelaide T. Smith Memorial Park

 

Autumn colors welcomes visitors to Adelaide T. Smith Memorial Park.

Autumn colors welcomes visitors to Adelaide T. Smith Memorial Park.

Opened to the public in 1987, the park is located at the end of Sweetgum Lane on land once owned by the irrepressible Adelaide T. Smith (1880-1982). A favorite family picnic spot, the park is a living tribute to the spirit and tenacity of Ms. Smith.

The youngest daughter of Adele and Rudolph Smith, Adelaide demonstrated her love of the outdoors at a young age. An avid runner, swimmer and archer Adelaide defied the limitations placed on girls of the era and set goals for herself that others deemed “unladylike” and “course.” Traveling abroad in the early years of the twentieth century, Adelaide found herself in Europe at the onset of World War I. Rising to the needs of the times, Adelaide served as a war correspondent, writing under the name A.T. Smith.

While her love of travel took her to faraway destinations, she also enjoyed what she referred to as “exploring the nooks and crannies of our great nation.”

Adelaide tried her hand at breeding daffodils. Above is a hybrid she called "Willa." Daffodil breeders currently hold differing opinions on the history of this specific daffodil

Adelaide tried her hand at breeding daffodils. Above is a hybrid she called “Willa.” Daffodil breeders currently hold differing opinions on the history of this specific daffodil

Although she never married, in her later years Adelaide and her dear friend Willa Wright returned to Adelaide’s family farm. They kept bees and chickens and were avid gardeners. Like most Daffodilians, both women continued to plant and transplant daffodil bulbs, creating great swaths of blooms each spring on the woodland hillsides of the farm. Schoolchildren visiting the farm were greeted with enthusiastic tours followed by warm muffins dripping with honey.

When Willa passed away in 1965, Adelaide took one last trip across the country and abroad to scatter the ashes of her dear friend. Adelaide returned to the farm, continuing in the tradition of educating the public about the beauty and strength of the outdoors. She died two weeks before her 102nd birthday in 1982.

  • Location: 2211 Sweetgum Lane – the eastern boundary of Daffodil Township
  • Park Hours: Dawn to Dusk seven days a week. Open all year. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Facilities: Restrooms, barbecue grills, picnic tables
  • Special Events: ┬áSummer Solstice Celebration held annually includes Bubble-blowing contest (not gum!), croquet tournament, and lawn chess.

 

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