Shackelton Point is the Cornell University Biological Field Station on Oneida Lake north of Bridgeport in Madison County. The Central NY survey team of NYOGFA explored this historic property in the evening of July 25, 2002. This property covers 420 acres, and is centered on the Charles Brown estate. Its main area consists of many buildings in lawns with over 50 (at least) huge old Sugar Maples. This main area is a stand of old-growth trees, not a forest.
The Sugar Maples appear to be from 150 to well over 200 years old, and they have somewhat open-grown form. It looks like the area was cleared in the early 19th century, very likely as early as 1820, or even earlier. Many of these huge, impressive Sugar Maples are almost certainly from the original forest.
The site is known to have been a sugar bush in the 19th century. Property owners would have cleared out almost everything except Sugar Maple. These great old Maples shade Brown's mansion and other buildings, including a Greek-style temple with many columns. Nearby, in overgrown area, are several large Pin Oaks planted over 150 years ago.
New York Old Growth Forest Association