From around 1692 to 1992, a White Oak (Quercus alba) that became known as the Council Oak, grew on this spot. At full maturity it stood 75 feet high and measured 5 feet in diameter. From 1800 to 1840 many important meetings concerning the Potawatamie took place under its branches.
Two of the best-known people who met under this tree were Chief Winameg and a young American named Dresden Howard who lived on this farm. Because of his knowledge of the Potawatamie language and customs, Dresden, who was later known as "Colonel" Howard, represented the U.S. government in negotiations with the Potawatamie.
The diseased tree was cut down on May 27, 1992. A section of the tree was carved into a life-sized depiction of Dresden Howard and Chief Winameg and is displayed at the Sauder Village in nearby Archbold, Ohio.
Both Chief Winameg and Dresden Howard are buried on this property.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • Native Americans. A significant historical date for this entry is May 27, 1992.
Location. 41° 37.289′ N, 84° 4.078′ W.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Council Oak / Col. D.W.H. Howard (within shouting distance of this marker); Winameg Mounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Pike Township War Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Women Of Fulton County War Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away); First Site Of Fulton County Courthouse (approx. 3.7 miles away); Delta Iraq War Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); Delta Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); Afghanistan War Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winameg.
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