On Strawberry Hill: The Transcendent Love of Gifford Pinchot and Laura Houghteling is a human interest story that cuts a neat slice across nineteenth-century America by bringing into juxtaposition a wide array of topics germane to the period—the national fascination with spiritualism, the death scourge that was tuberculosis, the rise of sanitariums and tourism in the southern highlands, the expansion of railroad travel, the rage for public parklands and playgrounds, and the development of professional forestry and green preservation—all through the very personal love story of two young blue bloods

Paula Ivaska Robbins is an independent scholar and freelance medical editor whose authored works include The Royal Family of Concord: Samuel, Elizabeth, and Rockwood Hoar and Their Friendship with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Jane Colden: America’s First Woman Botanist.

Char Miller is the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College and the author of Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism and Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot.

“The biggest gift On Strawberry Hill has to offer is the behind-the-scenes look at what was happening in the personal life of one of the greatest conservationists in US history.”
—Meredith W. Cornett, author of Heart of Palms: My Peace Corps Years in Tranquilla

On Strawberry Hill enhances our understanding of Pinchot and his life and times.
An engaging read.”
—Ellen Spears, author of Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town

“With its focus on spiritualism and Victorian mores, On Strawberry Hill offers a unique perspective on Pinchot and early American forestry. It’s well researched and presented, telling a ‘good’ story of terminal illness, tragic death, and-dare I say-transcendent love.”
—L. J. Davenport, author of Nature Journal

136 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8173-5894-5 Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9094-5 Ebook