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Wye Mills in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Wye Oak

 
 
The Wye Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 7, 2011
1. The Wye Oak Marker
This marker, and the tree it describes, was knocked down by a storm in 2002, but is now back up by at least June 2011.
Inscription. The largest white oak in the United States. Estimated to be 400 years old (1940). Deeded to the state of Maryland Sept. 20, 1939, and made a state park.
 
Erected 1940 by State Roads Commission of Maryland.
 
Location. 38° 56.364′ N, 76° 4.821′ W. Marker is in Wye Mills, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Old Wye Mills Road (Maryland Route 662) 0.1 miles south of Wye Mills-Queen Anne Road (Maryland Route 404), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wye Mills MD 21679, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wye Oak * National Champion White Oak (a few steps from this marker); Wye Oak House (within shouting distance of this marker); Wye Grist Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Brief History of the Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); So, How Does a Mill Work? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wye Grist Mill and Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Wye Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chesapeake College (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wye Mills.
 
Related marker.
The Wye Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
2. The Wye Oak Marker
DNR Photo, undated.
Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This link takes you to the "Wye Oak - National Champion White Oak" marker. It includes a brief history and several links about the historic tree.
 
Also see . . .  DNR webpage on the Wye Oak. (Submitted on November 30, 2007.)
 
Marker and Tree Felled by Storm image. Click for full size.
3. Marker and Tree Felled by Storm
DNR Photo. Marker went down with the tree on June 6, 2002. Replaced with another marker: "Wye Oak - National Champion White Oak".
Old and New image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 7, 2011
4. Old and New
In the background to the left is a piece of the original Wye Oak trunk, protected by a pavilion. Inside the fenced area grows a clone of the original Wye Oak. The traditional Maryland Historical marker stands in the foreground. To the right of the marker is the Wye Oak House.
The Wye Oak image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, c. 2000
5. The Wye Oak
The original marker can be seen in this photo just to the right of the trunk.
Trunk of the Wye Oak image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 7, 2011
6. Trunk of the Wye Oak
This pavilion protecting a large piece of the original trunk of the Wye Oak is located a few yards behind where it lived and died.
The Cloned Wye Oak image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 7, 2011
7. The Cloned Wye Oak
The cloned Wye Oak in 2011, growing within the footprint of the original, has grown quite a bit since its planting in 2006. For comparison, see the Wye Oak * National Champion White Oak Marker page for a photo taken by Beverly Pfingsten in 2007.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,797 times since then and 34 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   6, 7. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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