Piper Sherburne was always interested in environmental protection. She served as an intern at the Rodale Institute where she met her husband Richard Weinsteiger. Together they spent 35 years restoring stone houses in the area. They also created a beautiful home for themselves using an old school house in the Oley Hills. The home was featured in the Reading Eagle Home section on February 27, 2011. There are beautiful photographs and text in that feature by Courtney Diener Stokes.
Piper remains active in protecting the natural environment and historic areas. She is the chairman of the Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) of District Township. Richard is also a member of that committee.
She serves as vice chairman on the board of directors of the Berks County Conservation District.
She lives in the headwaters of the West Branch Perkiomen Creek and is very concerned about water quality there as well as in other watersheds.
Piper painted this sign which now
hangs in the front of the house.
Piper Sherburne shows Jack Grebinger of Oley Hills Alive
the pond which is part of the headwaters of the Stone Roll Creek, a tributary of the Oysterville Creek. Piper and her husband, Richard, built the bridge on which she and Jack are standing.
Piper stands at the old school house door.
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Piper commissioned the stained glass oculus for the house.
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The photographs below were taken on the Pond Trail in the District Township Conservation and Recreation Area. Gordon Park and the township building are the center of the area and the paths begin there.
Piper's garden is also a work of art.
The area was a summer camp that was created in 1930 by the Philadelphia Local on Nature Friends (Naturfreunde).
The members of the camp were mostly urban working class German immigrants. The pond was the official swimming pool.
The pool has since partially filled with silt and seems to have gone back to nature.