Lake Buena Vista in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Liberty Tree
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Colonial Era.
Location. 28° 25.159′ N, 81° 34.943′ W. Marker is in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orlando FL 32830, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Liberty Bell (a few steps from this marker); Forced Eastward (approx. 3 miles away); Tyrannosaurus Rex (approx. 4.4 miles away); 1887 Windermere Schoolhouse (approx. 5.9 miles away); Windermere Town Hall (approx. 6 Cal Palmer Memorial Building (approx. 6 miles away); Brick Road (approx. 9.7 miles away); Pounds Motor Company (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Buena Vista.
More about this marker. A bas relief of the Liberty Tree appears on the top of the marker.
1. Moving the Liberty Tree
When Liberty Square was being constructed, this Live Oak was located on the southern edge of Walt Disney World property. The process of moving this huge tree was a very complex operation. It's immense size and weight made it impossible to use cables to lift it, as this would damage the tree. The solution was to drill two horizontal holes into the largest portion of the trunk, insert dowels into the holes, and lift the tree with a 100 ton crane. Unfortunately, the holes, which had been plugged after the dowels were removed, became infected and started to rot. To remedy this situation, the plugs were removed, the diseased portion cut away, and the holes were filled with cement. The tree has thrived at this location for almost 50 years.
— Submitted August 31, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 495 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 31, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.