Carl Krippendorf was born in Cincinnati in 1875 to German immigrants.
His father was the founder and president of the Krippendorf-Dittman shoe company. When young Carl became ill with Typhoid, his doctor counseled with the Krippendorf family to send Carl away from the dirty air of the city. A country doctor living in Perintown agreed to house Carl for the summer. Thus began Carl's love affair with nature. Perintown Ohio, the town is just a short walk to the north part of Rowe Woods. A little more than 1/2 mile up a steep hill. It was a very large town at that time. With a huge flower and yeast mills. Also logging was a large industry of the area.
In 1898, Carl Krippendorf purchased 97 acres of the land
where he spent the summer recuperating to preserve it from becoming a
tobacco field. In the heart of his beloved woods, Carl built a home for
his new bride, Mary, where they lived for 64 years and raised a family
with daughter Rosan.
Too this day the Rowe Woods is full of early spring flowers that bloom through out the Woodlands. The herb garden and water tower still stand. To this day the Krippendorf Lodge has thousands of daffodils, and the beautiful Beech, Ash and Maple woods continue to preserve the Carl and Mary Krippendorf's legacy at Rowe Woods in Milford. Sadly the Ash trees are all dying due to Emerald Ash Bore that are infesting the trees. In about 10 years there will no more Ash Trees.
Rosan ( Krippendorf ) Adams
sold Lob's Woods to Stan Rowe and the other people who founded Rowe
Woods the original site of the Cincinnati Nature Center
Krippendorf Estate History