Playwicki Farm in Lower Southampton has opened a new educational trail with help from the Lower Southampton Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lower Southampton Library, Trail Tales features new trail signs for children walking the premises.

(From left) Ray Weldie, chairman of the Lower Southampton Township Supervisors, Brittany Eastman, youth services librarian for the library, Rose McMenamin, president of the Playwicki Farm Foundation and Deborah Kaplan, Lower Southampton Township supervisor. Photo via Rosen Coren Agency.

Trail Tales is based on Shadbush Blooms, a children’s book by Carla Messinger and Susan Katz. It takes the perspective of a Lenape child in modern times reflecting on her grandparents’ lifestyle compared to her own.

“My grandparent’s grandparents walked beside the same stream where I walk with my brother and we can see what they saw,” an excerpt reads.

Playwicki Farm has a rich history of being home to Native Americans long before William Penn arrived in the late 17th century. Archeologists have even dated tools found on the property back to 7000 BC, according to the Foundation.

This connection to the past creates a parallel to the Lenape child in Shadbush Blooms, and offers a way to link her story with Playwicki Farm and Bucks County.

Trail Tales is completely free to the public, as all visitors will have a chance to engage in the fun activities laid out on the trail signs.