Eagle Scout – Historical trees

Q: My nephew’s Eagle Scout project is to find trees with historical significance during the colonial period. He is having difficulty finding information on these trees in Georgia.

A: Since Georgia had few cities in colonial times, few trees from that period are recognized for their historical significance. Live oaks were planted in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery by Colonel John Mullryne prior to the American Revolution. Recently, the city of Dalton planted a “Liberty Tree”, a tulip poplar grown from a seed of a colonial Liberty Tree that grew on the St. John’s College campus in Annapolis, Maryland. For more recent historical trees, the Georgia Urban Forest Council keeps a list at www.gufc.org/registeredtrees

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