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Newark in Essex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historic Plane Tree

 
 
Historic Plane Tree / Washington Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., March 15, 2008
1. Historic Plane Tree / Washington Tree Marker
Inscription.  
Having been on this spot
before the Revolutionary
War, is the oldest now
standing in Newark

Placed by
Nova Caesarea Chapter
D.A.R. 1938

 
Erected 1938 by Nova Caesarea Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraHorticulture & Forestry. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Historic Trees 🌲 series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1938.
 
Location. 40° 44.354′ N, 74° 10.186′ W. Marker is in Newark, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street and Raymond Blvd, on the right when traveling north on Broad Street. Marker and tree are in Military Park on the Broad Street side closest to Raymond Blvd. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 60 Park Place, Newark NJ 07102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Wars of America (within shouting distance of this marker); Philip Kearny (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Training Place
Side View of Marker from Broad Street image. Click for full size.
By R. C., March 15, 2008
2. Side View of Marker from Broad Street
My backpack is next to the tree to give the viewer an idea of scale. It's unlikely that two adults could get their arms around the trunk.
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(about 300 feet away); Archie Callahan (about 400 feet away); Trinity Church (about 400 feet away); Washington Passed Beneath this Tower (about 400 feet away); First Constitution of the Province of New Jersey (about 400 feet away); Historic Site (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
 
Regarding Historic Plane Tree. The Historic Plane Tree, or "Washington Tree" as it is commonly called is an ancient sycamore that could be as old as 300 years. Regardless, this tree was full grown when George Washington marched his troops into Newark during their retreat across New Jersey.

Sadly, this tree is near death and cannot be saved. In a few short years, the last tree in the area that was there when history was being made will be no more.
 
Also see . . .  Survivor of the Revolution. (Submitted on March 19, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.)
 
Damage to the Tree by Vandals image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
3. Damage to the Tree by Vandals
View of the Tree from Broad Street image. Click for full size.
By R. C., March 15, 2008
4. View of the Tree from Broad Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,239 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 19, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.

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