Three Cypress Swamps in Southern Delaware
I found myself running an errand out in South Central Sussex County today. Cool sunny fall day with high in the low 60s. I decided to detour on the way home and go to the Cypress Swamp area. Trussum Pond and Trap Pond are considered the northern most natural cypress swamps in the country. Historically, much of southern Sussex County was cypress swamp, but in the 1700s and 1800s the area was heavily logged for ship building and home building. My own 1879 Victorian House has Delaware Cypress and Cedar clapboards.
On the way, I stumbled upon a pretty pond with a Wildlife Refuge sign and an historic church/graveyard on the shore. Driving by I could see cypress trees along the edge. I was surprised at first, but considering I was only a few miles from the State Parks, it made more sense.
First shots are Old Christ Church (1772) and Chapman's Pond near Laurel, Delaware. One of the graves with an historic marker was for the grave of a local patriot who fought in the Revolution, served in the Continental Congress and served as a Delaware Governor.
Trussum Pond is the smaller of the two Cypress Swamp State Parks. It has no amenities beyond a boat ramp and small dock and no trails. It is small, but the concentration of cypresses is very dense. The only real way to get a good view is out on the water in a canoe or kayak. I just walk part of the perimeter.
Lots of knees along this waterway.
Trap Pond is the larger of the two lakes. It has a visitor center, nature center, camping, canoe/kayak rentals and trails. It's much more open then neighboring Trussum. Most of the cypress trees are concentrated on the east side of the lake, but I found a lot in the woodland trails, creeks feeding the lake and I was glad to see some newly planted saplings along the western edge of the lake near the nature center.
Note the cypress saplings planted in front of the photo. I was glad to see them adding some away from the main concentration of mature cypress.
A pic OT. I'm a bit of a foodie, so forgive me. Chicken and slippery dumplings and sweet tea at Country Kitchen Restaurant in Millsboro. Local Sussex County comfort food for dinner. Life is good in LSD (Lower, Slower Delaware. Thanks for viewing!