Robertson Millpond Preserve Opens – Historic Landmark and WakeNature Preserve

By George Hess

Robertson Millpond Preserve, owned and managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation, & Open Space, was dedicated as a WakeNature Preserve, declared a Wake County Historic Landmark, and opened to the public on this beautiful fall morning, 2015 October 24.

It is also the first of seven WakeWonders to be rolled out this year.

Created by a dam constructed in the 1820s to power a mill, Robertson Millpond is the only bald cypress blackwater swamp habitat in Wake County.  For now, the Preserve will be open on weekends year-round for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing (when permitted).

Following remarks by Chris Snow (Director Wake County Parks), Caroline Sullivan (Wake County Commissioner), Sig Hutchinson (Wake County Commissioner), John Connors (WakeNature Preserve Partnership), Ed Morris (Wake County Historic Preservation Committee) and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, visitors were able to canoe and kayak the pond.

Robertson Millpond Preserve is located at 6333 Robertson Pond Road near Wendell.

Ribbon cutting at Robertson Millpond Preserve.

Ribbon cutting at Robertson Millpond Preserve.

Deborah Robertson (Wake County Parks Open Space Manager), Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson, and Chris Snow (Wake County Parks Director). Robertson Millpond Preserve was dedicated as a WakeNature Preserve and a Wake County Historic Landmark today.

Deborah Robertson (Wake County Parks Open Space Manager), Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson, and Chris Snow (Wake County Parks Director). Robertson Millpond Preserve was dedicated as a WakeNature Preserve and a Wake County Historic Landmark today.

Following the ceremony, canoes and kayaks were available, courtesy of Frog Hollow Outdoors (Durham).

Following the ceremony, canoes and kayaks were available, courtesy of Frog Hollow Outdoors (Durham).

A perfect day to be on the water.

A perfect day to be on the water.

 

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