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Mount Vernon in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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The Axe and the Cherry Tree

 
 
The Axe and the Cherry Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck, May 15, 2008
1. The Axe and the Cherry Tree Marker
Inscription.  The landscape design of Mt. Vernon Place has changed quite a bit since its creation in 1828. Originally, the area was known as Howard's woods but when Col. John Eager Howard donated part of his property for Mt. Vernon Place, the tree were cleared out for formal gardens. Later Oak trees were planted, but were marred down because the tall bushy leaves ruined the view of the park. Then an exotic new imported tree was planted, the Japanese Cherry Tree, because it would not grow as tall. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the trees were removed because they were "un-American" and relocated to internment camps. Soon after, they were replaced with Crabapple trees that remain today.

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
 
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 39° 17.903′ N, 76° 36.939′ W. Marker was in Baltimore, Maryland. It was in Mount Vernon. Marker could be reached from Washington Place, in the median
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. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 717 Washington Place, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.

We have been informed that this sign or monument is no longer there and will not be replaced. This page is an archival view of what was.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. John Eager Howard (here, next to this marker); The American Psychoanalytic Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Scott Key (within shouting distance of this marker); Asbury House (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Washington Monument and Mount Vernon Place (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Celebrating Culture: The Heart of the City / Contributing to Society: Baltimore's Best Address (about 300 feet away); Washington Monument (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square: Mapping History
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Marker, crabapple tree, and statue of John Eager Howard. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck, May 15, 2008
2. Marker, crabapple tree, and statue of John Eager Howard.
The Washington Monument can be seen in the background.
"historical marker" was one of seven installed by Maryland Institute College of Art sophomore Daniel Allende as part of the 2008 exhibit Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square. While marker text has some basis in truth, exaggerations become quickly apparent when one takes the time to read the text. In addition to the insight the marker provides about the history of Mount Vernon Square, it also helps to illustrate how often historical markers are taken for granted, almost unseen, and how they could say most anything, yet still be unnoticed.
    — Submitted June 4, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,554 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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