The Preserve is fortunate to have a variety of both historic and
contemporary buildings on the property. The manor house contains the
staff offices and is the home of the Visitors Center. One classroom is
available for rental. A second classroom is under construction. Also
located on the property is an 1830's log cabin and bank barn which are
original to the farm property
The Preserve consists of 725-acres of
forests, successional fields, ponds, and streams. The Goose Creek, a
State scenic river, flows for over two miles along the southern border
of the property. Year-round programs and nature walks are offered to the
public by various members of wildlife organizations, school teachers,
conservancies, and facility staff. A primitive camping area (Leave No
Trace) is available for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, by special permit
The History of Banshee Reeks
the early part of the 19th century, the owner of the farm now known as
"Banshee Reeks" was said to be of Irish/Scottish descent. In the Gaelic
language, "banshee" is a female spirit and "reeks" refers to hills and
According to the story, one night the farmer went into the town of
Leesburg to attend to personal business and also paid a visit to the
local saloon. While traveling back to the farm, the wind howled and the
animals of the night made much noise. Upon arriving home, the farmer
was in such a state of mind that he claimed that he heard a banshee on
the reeks. The phrase was altered over the years and the area became
known as "Banshee Reeks".
Banshee Reeks is open from 8am to 4pm on weekends and other times by appointment only.
Staff are on site the third weekend of each month.
Below is the current trail map for the preserve. Maps are generally
available at the kiosk in front of the Visitor Center or can be downloaded and printed
Take only pictures. Leave only footprints. To protect this special
place and ensure that everyone will fully enjoy the sights and sounds of
Banshee Reeks, visitors are asked to follow these guidelines:
- All animals and plants are protected.
- Please do not intrude upon, endanger, or touch the wildlife.
- Walk only on marked trails.
- Do not take any plants, bones or artifacts.
- Pets must be leashed at all times.
- Bicycles, motorcycles, and horses are not permitted on any of the trails at any time.
Banshee Reeks is a trash-free preserve. Please help us keep this a trash-free area.
The visitors Center
The Visitors Center is open on the third Saturday of each month from
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. In 2015, the display room was refurbished with
museum-quality specimens of local flora and fauna. A Honeybee display
and visible hive provide an exciting inside view of the colony at work.
Visitors can watch the bees enter a special tube from outside and
observe seasonal activity in the pollinator garden. The pollinator
garden has been tended by volunteers over the years. We always welcome
your help with the garden most anytime of the year. Families and
children can enjoy the books, games, and puzzles located in the
Reception area of the Visitors Center.
museum quality collection of taxidermy, animal bones, skulls and eggs
can be excellent subjects for artists and students to practice their
drawing skills. If you are interested in visiting for this purpose,
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEERS ALWAYS NEEDED!
Friends of Banshee Reeks operates completely through dedicated
Volunteers, we always need your help. The third Saturday of each month
is VOLUNTEER DAY at Banshee Reeks and the Visitors Center is open. We
need Volunteers to help us staff the Center. Some days, we don't have
enough Volunteers to keep the Center open for a full day. Might you
consider joining this congenial, enthusiastic corps? No experience
necessary. We will train you! Interested? Please contact us at
email@example.com, and type "Visitor Center Volunteering" in subject line.