Lake Buena Vista in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Liberty Tree
Location. 28° 25.159′ N, 81° 34.943′ W. Marker is in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in Orange County. Touch for map. Marker is located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Marker is in this post office area: Orlando FL 32830, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Liberty Bell (a few steps from this marker); Tyrannosaurus Rex (approx. 4.4 miles away); 1887 Windermere Schoolhouse (approx. 5.9 miles away); Windermere Town Hall (approx. 6 miles away); Pounds Motor Company (approx. 10.1 miles away); Winter Garden Downtown Historic District (approx. 10.1 miles away); Dean R. Gilmore (approx. 10½ miles away); Orlando's First Settler, Aaron Jernigan (approx. 13½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Buena Vista.
More about this 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.
Categories. • Colonial Era •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 409 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 31, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.