Near this site, close to the walls of the fort, stood the "Divine Elm," a majestic tree, under whose boughs 100 persons could be seated. The old tree served as both council chamber and church in the development of this state. On May 23, 1775, it was site of the first legislative session held in Kentucky, presided over by Colonel Richard Henderson.
Here, May 28, 1775, the first official Christian worship service in Kentucky was conducted by the Reverend John Lyth, representing the Church of England. To replace the original which fell in 1828, this elm tree was planted by the Boone Family Assn. on Sept. 2, 1927, near site of the "Divine Elm." At its roots was placed earth from thirty-seven historic American shrines.
Erected 2014 by Kentucky Historical Society. (Marker Number 1582.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Forts and Castles • Government & Politics
Location. 37° 53.972′ N, 84° 15.963′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. The Marker is near the Old Fort in Fort Boonesboro State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond KY 40475, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pioneer National Monument Association (a few steps from this marker); "Sycamore Hollow" (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Fort Boonesborough 1775-1783 (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. Richard Callaway / First Ferry in Kentucky (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Ferry in Kentucky / Col. Richard Callaway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nathaniel Hart / Home of Capt. Nathaniel Hart (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Boonesborough (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Fort Boonesborough Monument (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Additional keywords. State Legislative Trees
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2020, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on January 23, 2021, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 22, 2020, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.