Before 1989, Cathedral Pines was one of the most spectacular old growth pine forests in the Northeast. Early preservationists, who valued the beauty of the forest over the monetary value of timber, protected the pines from logging. Cathedral Pines was a popular tourist attraction by the late 1800s and was featured on numerous postcards in the early 1900s.
No other village in the State has such a treasure in the way of a natural park. Such a dense growth of lofty pines is rarely seen in any part of our country.
~ Theodore S. Gold, History of Cornwall, 1904