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Takoma Park in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“The Presidents Tree”

 
 
"The Presidents Tree" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2014
1. "The Presidents Tree" Marker
Inscription. 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.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Department of Parks
-1960-

 
Erected 1960 by The Maryland - National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
 
Location. 38° 59.138′ N, 77° 0.231′ W. Marker is in Takoma Park, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Maple Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway. Touch for map. The marker is in the Peace Garden near the north east corner of the intersection of Maple Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway. Marker is in this post office area: Takoma Park MD 20912, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
"The Presidents Tree" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2014
2. "The Presidents Tree" Marker
The gate of the protective fence was badly damaged when the tree fell in 1997.
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sligo Creek Waterworks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee Jordan Field (approx. half a mile away); Lee Jordan (approx. half a mile away); Scott H. Lawson (approx. 0.8 miles away); Early Takoma (approx. 0.9 miles away); Roscoe (approx. 0.9 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone NE 2 (approx. 0.9 miles away in District of Columbia); Founding of Takoma Park (approx. 0.9 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 . . .
1. The Presidents' Tree. 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.) 

2. President's Tree and Davis Graveyard. (PDF) ACHS Summary Form, 1976. (Submitted on May 18, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryMan-Made FeaturesWar, US Civil
 
Neighborhood Peace Garden image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 17, 2014
3. Neighborhood Peace Garden
This garden was planted in 2003
Dedicated
To the wounded and fallen in Iraq
"The opposite of war is not peace, it's creation"
--Jonathan Larson

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 62 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.
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