High Winds Destroy Original George Washington Tree at Mount Vernon Estate

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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