Storms topples Prince William County's oldest oak tree

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07-03-2012 03:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: white oak

Maybe someone closer than I could make some good use of this. Here’s an excerpt:


Friday night’s violent storm toppled one of the oldest trees in Prince William County.

The white oak tree, dubbed the Four Seasons Liberty Oak, which stood atop a hill in the Four Seasons housing development near Montclair was uprooted by strong winds in the storm.

The tree, estimated to be over 200 years old, was listed on the county’s champion tree registry, designating it as the oldest tree of its kind in the county.

It stood 107 feet tall, about the size of a 10-story building, and had a circumference of 192 inches, according to county records.

Saturday afternoon residents of Four Seasons gathered around the massive tree, cameras in hand, to get a look at the toppled giant.

“It’s a shame,” said Nancy Greiggs, “It was a beautiful tree.”

Four Seasons resident David Lavine said he heard the tree fall over during the storm.

“It was an astounding ‘bam’,” he said.

John Jackson said he hopes the homeowner’s association will make good use of the oak.

“It would be a beautiful table,” he said.

The tree did not damage any houses in the community, which the residents said amounted to a stroke of luck. Had the tree fallen in the opposite direction it would have struck a house.


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#1 posted 07-03-2012 04:07 PM

I think it would make a beautiful Club House to stand in it’s place…

A Grand old tree it was… and still is…

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#2 posted 07-03-2012 08:55 PM

Mother Nature can be very beautiful, AND, a wicked, wicked Beast. Thnx for the lil history lesson. This is very sad, but, on the good note, no one was injured. I know you’re gonna try to get a hunk or a limb er 2??

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 09:30 PM

Did you call DIBBS?

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 09:36 PM

within 60 miles of me, but I dont have the equip to deal with it. and to far for my sawyer friend, who is closer to Baltimore

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#5 posted 07-04-2012 06:01 AM

I too wish I had the equipment(and space) to deal with this thing.

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#6 posted 07-05-2012 04:24 AM

I hope you get a piece of it and post the project here!!

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#7 posted 07-05-2012 11:17 AM

What a pity, it was still alive?

I’m reminded of the fire at York Minster 1984 – there were only 4 oak trees left in all of England that were suitable to make the replacement roof beams for the restoration.

It would be nice to get a big chunk of that tree, but maybe better if it was taken away whole in case it could be used to restore any historic buildings.

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