The Tree House Lodge may not actually sit up in a tree, but nestled next to the fireball stands a beautiful Copper Beech tree. Woods Hole’s first summer resident Joseph Story Fay planted many of these Copper Beech trees back in the 1850s when the area was cleared of trees for lumber and farming. Born in Cambridge Mass, Fay was a very successful businessman as well as a horticulturalist.
After his first trip to Falmouth with his wife in 1850, Fay purchased a summer home and multiple other plots of land -- one of which is said to be the Tree House Lodge property. To restore some of Falmouth’s greenery, Fay and his gardener Michael Walsh planted around twenty thousand seeds. Among the many trees planted, the Copper Beech trees still grow strong strung along challenger drive and among other areas in Falmouth.
Information from the Woods Hole Museum