Takoma Park in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
"The Presidents Tree"
Dedicated April 26, 1948 as a living memorial to the men who "Gave their last full measure of devotion to their county" in the War, 1861-1865.
The unique inscriptions on this American Beech Tree were carved by the nimble finger of Samuel M'Closky Fenton, a young farmer living in this area during the Civil War period.
This tree contains more than 450 carefully formed characters including the names of presidents from Washington to Johnson, also Lt. General U.S. Grant and a Lincoln word square. The tree was enclosed in 1948 by the Maryland - National Capital Park and Planning Commission to protect it for posterity.
Erected 1960 by The Maryland - National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & Forestry • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is April 26, 1935.
Location. 38° 59.138′ N, 77° 0.231′ W. Marker is in Takoma Park, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of Maple Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway. The marker is in the Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Takoma Park MD 20912, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sligo Creek Waterworks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carroll Avenue Bridge (approx. Ό mile away); In Memory of Sgt. Christopher Thornton (approx. half a mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Lee Jordan Field (approx. half a mile away); Lee Jordan (approx. half a mile away); B.Y. Morrison Park (approx. half a mile away); Davis-Warner House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Takoma Park.
Regarding "The Presidents Tree". The beech tree died "of old age" in the 1990s and blew down in a storm in 1997. Today the iron fence is occupied by a dogwood tree surrounded by low juniper bushes.
Also see . . . The Presidents' Tree. Friends of Sligo Creek website entry:
by Dorothy Cleaveland Salisbury, read at the dedication of the Presidents' Tree, April 26, 1948. (Submitted on May 18, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 556 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 18, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.