“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Conowingo in Cecil County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Richards Oak

Richards Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, July 17, 2007
1. Richards Oak Marker
Inscription. General Lafayette and his army camped arount this tree April 12, 1781. A Civil War cavalry unit later occupied the site. The oak, over 500 years old was owned by the Thomas Richards family for over a century. A huge limb fell August 1964, splitting the trunk, in 1965 the tree measured 85' in height 24' in girth and 115' in spread.

Tree preserved 1922-1960 by Hytheham Club, Port Deposit. Restored 1965 by Historical Society of Cecil County.
Erected by Maryland Historical Society.
Location. 39° 41.644′ N, 76° 6.487′ W. Marker is near Conowingo, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker is on U.S. 1 0.2 miles east of Love Run Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rising Sun MD 21911, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Nottingham Academy (approx. 2.4 miles away); This Tablet is in Commemoration (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named West Nottingham Academy (approx. 2.5 miles away); A Susquehannock Indian Fort (approx. 3.5 miles away); Bald Friar Ford & Ferry
Richards Oak in 1981 image. Click for full size.
Maryland Historical Trust (Historic Sites Survey), March 1981
2. Richards Oak in 1981
(approx. 3.5 miles away); The Nottingham Lots (approx. 3.8 miles away); Parker Kidnapping & Rescue (approx. 4 miles away in Pennsylvania); The Proprietors of the Susquehanna Canal (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Conowingo.
Additional comments.
1. This marker
This marker was installed in 1966, to replace one destroyed by limbs falling from the tree in 1964.
    — Submitted March 4, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

2. Richards Oak Tree
I was stationed at Bainbridge, Md. in the fall of 1973 when I was driving the country side in Maryland when I came upon this historical marker and Richards Oak. I was so amazed at it's massive size, I called my parents back in Bloomington, Illinois and told them about it. They came out for a visit at thanksgiving and I took them to see the historic tree. They were also amazed. We took 3 pennies and placed them in the crack and agreed to come back in 10 years to see if they were still there, well we never made it back. I personally wrote to the mayor of Rising
All that remains of Richards Oak image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, July 17, 2007
3. All that remains of Richards Oak
Tree was lost in early 1980's to a storm.
Sun and told her of my experience. I received a very nice written letter telling me of it's unfortunate mishap, having to be cut down. She was so kind as to send me a picture. I still have this somewhere. This was about 9 or ten years ago. This was my greatest memory of my 4 months I was in the area. I still to this day think of this very often. I would love to come back for a visit but I now live in Texas and that would be a very long drive. Well at least I got to view one of natures greatest historic tree. Jim Sherer, Lexington, Tx. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted February 1, 2013, by Jim Sherer of Lexington, Texas.

Additional keywords. Richard's Oak
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryNotable PersonsWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,392 times since then and 278 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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