High Winds Destroy Original George Washington Tree at Mount Vernon Estate

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Photo courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Facebook page

On Friday, March 2nd the high winds snapped the trunk of a beloved hemlock tree George Washington had planted outside the upper garden gate.

It was 1791 when New York Governor George Clinton gifted Washington the sapling sending it in a half whiskey barrel. It was considered the best-documented tree on the Estate, according to their Director of Horticulture.

 

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