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Scion of the Charter Oak

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, February 1, 2012
1. Scion of the Charter Oak Marker
Inscription.
Scion of the Charter Oak
Planted 19 October 1871 by
First Company Governor's Foot Guard
White Oak (Quercus atba L)
In the earliest days the great oak served both as a council tree and agricultural guide for Native Americans. The annual spring planting of corn would not begin until the great tree's leaves were the size of a mouse's ear thus ensuring proper soil temperature and germination. The venerable oak was considered both sacred and sagacious. Connecticut received its charter from Charles II on October 9, 1662 and that document was the legal basis for all of its governance. With the accession of James II to the throne, there was a plan to seize the charter. In 1687 Governor Andros traveled to Hartford to collect the Connecticut Charter. A meeting was held, the charter was brought forth, candles went out and in darkness the charter disappeared. Capt. Joseph Wadsworth has seized the charter and hid it in the hollow of the ancient oak which stood on the Wyllys estate south of Prospect Street. The great tree blew down in a storm on August 21, 1856 at sundown that day. Bells tolled throughout Hartford. The tree's age was estimated to be in excess of one thousand years. This tree was planted in 1871 by the officers and men of the First Company Governor's Foot Guard, Major William H. Dodd commanding. This
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By Michael Herrick, February 1, 2012
2. Scion of the Charter Oak Marker
boulder donated by Bell, Williams, and Zito Monuments replaces the original marker.
Dedicated September 23, 1995. Robert A. Burnham Major Commandant

 
Erected 1995.
 
Location. 41° 45.829′ N, 72° 40.747′ W. Marker is in Hartford, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Elm Street and Clinton Street, on the left when traveling east on Elm Street. Touch for map. Located in Bushnell Park. Marker is in this post office area: Hartford CT 06106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chapman-Taft House (within shouting distance of this marker); Spanish War Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Confucius (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Col. Thomas Knowlton (about 700 feet away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch (about 700 feet away); Trinity College (about 700 feet away); 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery (about 700 feet away); Joseph Roswell Hawley (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hartford.
 
Regarding Scion of the Charter Oak. The Charter Oak is part of Connecticut’s history and lore. The tree, which grew in Hartford, was used in 1687 to hide the Connecticut Charter, issued
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By Michael Herrick, February 1, 2012
3. Scion of the Charter Oak and Marker
by the King of England, to prevent its confiscation by the newly appointed governor. Seedlings from the large oak tree were planted in many places throughout Connecticut. Most have a small inconspicuous marker.
 
Also see . . .  Charter Oak on Wikipedia. (Submitted on February 5, 2012, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraEnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2012, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 856 times since then and 77 times this year. Last updated on May 1, 2013, by Wayne A. Donohue of West Harford, Ct.. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 5, 2012, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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