Tyng Mansion Dendrology Tour

A trip through whats known as Innovation Academy and brief folklore of Tyng Mansion. Readers Discretion Advised

Tyng Mansion Dendrology Tour

Tyngsborough, Massachusetts 01879, United States

Created By: Unity College

Tour Information

This tour slightly plays into the local folklore that is Tyng Mansion, and seeing that Halloween is close to upon us, I figured it would be fitting to play into the aftermath of that story, trying not to be to cheesy while being straight to the point about the plant species noted in this tour. Please note that some of the plants listed in this tour are not actually there, but I did my best to place them in an ideal spot instead of stretching the tour from Mass to Maine.

Historically speaking, this area was settled by colonists and is clearly evident with all the rock walls throughout the woods and old abandoned trails. Originally there were about 12,000 Pennacook Indians and 30 villages that used the Merrimack as a food source but after the English came and settled in there were 2,500. But after smallpox, there were 1,200.

It's modern-day and were two young lads fresh out of school, hired to make a list of the most noteworthy species on the property. Since we will be going deeper into the woods at different sections it's a good idea to wear good walking shoes or boots, bring gloves in case of thorns, and having a raincoat or umbrella wouldn't be a bad idea.

Tyng Mansion Folklore Story (Skip to Key Takeaways for Summary)

John Alford Tyng, for whom the town is named, fell in love with a servant girl by the name of Judith Thompson. She was beautiful, and he was smitten, but to marry a girl of such low stature would not befit the Tyng name. So Tyng came up with another plan. He hired a con man known as Dr. Blood to marry the two of them. The marriage was a farce, but Ms. Thompson was not in on the ruse. She proceeded to give Mr. Tyng two children. A third was on the way when John decided to end this relationship for reasons unknown.

He hired Dr. Blood to kill Judith and the two children. He waited in a different room in the Tyng Mansion while the deed was done. They then buried them under the mansion hearth.

The hauntings started soon afterward.

Dr. Blood died in nearby Dunstable (now Nashua, NH) from drowning in a puddle of his own booze, broken free by a smashed flask. A woman’s footprint was found on the back of his head. It is said woman’s laughter was also heard the night of the attack.

John Tyng, terrified of the prospect of his wife’s vengeful return from the grave, moved to another nearby mansion but fell ill soon afterward. People trying to visit him could not, saying the spirit of Judith Thompson was keeping them away. One man, Capt. Joseph Butterfield managed to make his way into the mansion and to Tyng’s room. Tyng died on the spot. Judith’s ghost materialized then and there, cursing Tyng for all eternity.

The mansion burned down in 1979 mysteriously. One last story was of a Native American chief who sold the property to the Tyng’s by mistake. It is said he haunts the large boulder near the property that he used to sit on remorsefully, looking upon the land he once called his own.

Key Takeaways:

Judith Thompson Tyng was murdered by her husband, John Alford Tyng, in the early 1700s. Ever since locals have reported witnessing the spirit of a beautiful woman wearing a green dress at the site of the Colonel Jonathan Tyng House. One last story was of a Native American chief who sold the property to the Tyng’s unknowingly. It is said he haunts the large boulder near the property.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Norway Spruce - Picea abies This tree is located in between the pond and the parking lot, close to where the disc golf course ends. It is native to the mountains of northern and central Europe, east to the Urals. It can be found in forests,... Read more
Sweet Fern ~ Comptonia peregrina This species was located near a sandy patch of land a little deeper in the woods. it's easy to find them by following the orange trail marker down the trails by the disc golf course. I wanted to point thi... Read more
Red Maple ~ Acer rubrum This tree is located a little bit past a wooden bridge leading deeper down the yellow trail marker by the disc golf course. Native to North America and can generally be found along forests, meadows, fields, shores of... Read more
Fox Grape ~ Vitus labrusca This vine is located right next to the wooden bridge, actually using a low-growing white pine as support! if you look around from the bridge it's easy to spot berry clusters. This species can generally be found o... Read more
Box Elder ~ Acer negundo This tree was found right on the edge of where some construction was done and was tilted to the side slightly. If you go to the right of the turf field by the water it's easy to spot and it's actually a native here ... Read more
Sweet Pepper Bush ~ Clethra alnifolia Pepper bush is native to Eastern North America, along the coast from Maine to Florida and west to Texas. It can generally be found on ridges or ledges, shores of rivers or lakes, swamps, woodlands, and... Read more
Eastern White Pine ~ Pinus strobus This tree can be found about anywhere and everywhere around here. Soft, thin, needles clustered in bundles of 5 are a key characteristic of this tree. This species can be located in any of the woods arou... Read more
Creeping Juniper ~ Juniperus horizontalis  Creeping Juniper is native to Alaska, Canada, the northern U.S and can be typically found growing in rocky or sandy soils including rock outcroppings, stony slopes, coastal cliffs, prairies, sand... Read more
American Beech ~ Fagus grandifolia This tree can be located right by the parking lot going to the real turfgrass soccer field. It can be found typically growing in deciduous or mixed evergreen-deciduous forests. In the wild, beeches often f... Read more
Common Apple ~ Malus pumila Common Apple is actually introduced to North America and can be found in abandoned fields, orchards, and along forest edges. This particular tree can be found close to the entrance of the property, somewhat in b... Read more
Japenese Maple ~ Acer palmatum This tree is classically used as an ornamental showy tree and was found to the left of the main entrance of the school, by the big flight of stairs. It's native to Japan, Korea, and China and can be found grow... Read more
European Box ~ Buxus sempervirens This species can be found right in front of the school, to the left of the stairs. It is a common plant used in the landscaping industry but is primarily found in open woodlands and rocky hillsides. It's... Read more
English Holly ~ Ilex aquifolium This Holly can be found to the right of the front staircase at Innovation Academy. English Holly is introduced to North America and is native to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa.Its generally found i... Read more
Golden Bell ~ Forsythia suspensa This forsythia could be planted just like any other hedge and would be located to the right of the stairs, next to the other part of the building on the right in a mulched bed. Golden bell is native to Chi... Read more
Burning Bush ~ Euonymus alatus This Burning Bush would be found by the forsythia and could be used as a contrasting fall foliage ornamental. It was originally imported to the US in 1860 as an ornamental shrub but sadly it spreads rapidly an... Read more
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Red Oak ~ Quercus rubra This tree would be found in a small old cemetery nearby, down a trail through the woods near the school. It's a very common species of oak found in New England. It was once defoliated by gypsy moths but has been pa... Read more
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Snowmound Spiraea ~ Spiraea nipponica  This Snowmound would be found in the cemetery down a wooded path from the school. It is generally propagated by root cuttings and is a common landscaping plant, fitting for a cemetery because it's n... Read more
Rum Cherry ~ Prunus serotina Although the one pictured is young, Rum Cherry is native to would be found in deciduous mixed evergreen-deciduous forests, riparian terraces, roadsides, floodplains, sometimes wetlands, and manmade/disturbed h... Read more
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European Beech ~ Fagus sylvatica This tree would be located close to in front of what's left of the old Tyng Mansion, toward the end of Tyng road, and to the right of the last parking lot. This tree would be at this particular spot because ... Read more
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White Birch ~ Betula papyrifera This White or Paper Birch would be found on what was once a forest edge near the edge of the road, to the right of the main entrance of the school. White birch is native to North America and can commonly be f... Read more
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