Founded in 1866 as the Maryland State Normal School, the institution now known as Towson University moved from Baltimore to its present site in 1915. Some of the trees on campus are as old as the university itself, while others, such as the American beech, predate the move to Towson. Still others, including the Franklinia that was planted in October 2000, have been added during the past 85 years. Some are native, some are exotics from various parts of the world, some are deciduous and lose their leaves in the fall, and others are green even during the coldest months of the year.
The purpose of this short self-guided walking tour is to call attention to the trees of Towson and provide a brief respite from the demands of the day. We hope you find the tour an informative and relaxing experience that heightens your appreciation for the trees of Towson University. The walking tour includes 25 trees and takes approximately 30 minutes. It begins in back of Prettyman Hall.