Takoma Park in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“The Presidents Tree”
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.
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 Sligo Creek Waterworks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Source (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carroll Avenue Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Lee Jordan Field (approx. half a mile away); Lee Jordan (approx. half a mile away); The Thomas/Siegler House and Garden (approx. 0.8 miles away); Scott H. Lawson (approx. 0.8 miles away); Early Takoma (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 & Forestry • Man-Made Features • War, US Civil •
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 357 times since then and 14 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.