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The Axe and the Cherry Tree

 
 
The Axe and the Cherry Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
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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Location. 39° 17.903′ N, 76° 36.939′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Washington Place, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The American Psychoanalytic Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Romance of a Romantic (within shouting distance of this marker); Roger B. Taney Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
Marker, crabapple tree, and statue of John Eager Howard. image. Click for full size.
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.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Scott Key (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Vernon Cultural Walk-Celebrating Culture (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church-Asbury House (within shouting distance of this marker); A Monumental Mistake (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). 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.
 
Also see . . .  Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square: Mapping History. Description of this 2008 art installation. (Submitted on June 4, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square: Mapping History
This "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.

 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,420 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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