An illustration of a family of 7 with thier 2 dogs posing in front of a wide American Chestnut Tree trunk. There are 9 baskets and bushelfuls of chestnuts that the family harvested from this tree.

Culture

My ancestors in the woods of Pennsylvania played an important role in the daily lives and culture of the Pennsylvania German traditions.

The Pennsylvania Germans lived in rural areas where American chestnuts made up to half of the trees, and chestnuts therefore played an important role in their culture and daily lives.

From the American Indians, they learned how to use our leaves and bark to make a tea to treat whooping cough. This tea was also used as a sedative and tonic, and our bark was used as a dye and a treatment for worms. In the spring, children used to slip the bark off chestnut shoots to make whistles called chestnut pipes.