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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Gift of Eden Hall Keeps Growing
Eden Hall Farm
With no heirs upon his death in 1938, Heinz Sr VP Sebastian Mueller bequeathed his 450-acre Richland Township farm as a vacation home where "working girls and women of proper character could go from time to time for rest and recreation." Mueller was a chemist who, as head of operations at the Heinz plant, focused his energy on food safety and the working conditions of the women and young ladies who worked there.
Eden Hall has now become part of Chatham University's Richland campus and many of the barns will be converted into facilities and classrooms to accommodate Chatham's new School of Sustainability. Sustaining local agriculture and preserving the environment will be important areas of focus for the new school. Programs such as an environmental learning lab, food studies and landscape architecture will be offered.