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The Great Elm

Penn Treaty Park

 
 
The Great Elm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 16, 2015
1. The Great Elm Marker
Inscription. The great elm of Shackamaxon is the site under which William Penn and the Delaware Indians are traditionally said to have made the Great Treaty in 1682. Since that time, the Legend and history of the celebrated event have generated admiration for William Penn and for the tree. The truce became the living symbol of the Great Treaty. During the Revolutionary War, British General Simcoe posted guards around the tree to protect it from the settlers seeking firewood. When the elm was blown down in a storm on 3 March 1810, it was 283 years old, eight feet in diameter and twenty-four feet in circumference. The next day, hundreds of people gathered to marvel at and take cuttings from the ancient tree. Part of the tree was made into a chair for Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Today there are second, third, and fourth generation cuttings of the elm at the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Haverford College, and Penn Treaty Park.
 
Location. 39° 58.01′ N, 75° 7.724′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on North Beach Street. Touch for map. The marker is located at the base of the William Penn Statue. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19125, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
The Great Elm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 16, 2015
2. The Great Elm Marker
markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Penn Society Obelisk (here, next to this marker); Fairmanís Mansion (here, next to this marker); The Great Treaty (here, next to this marker); Penn Treaty Park: A Place of Peace (a few steps from this marker); "Associators" (a few steps from this marker); Penn Treaty Park (within shouting distance of this marker); America's First Lager (approx. 0.7 miles away); VFW Post 389 Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Categories. Colonial EraHorticulture & ForestryNative Americans
 
William Penn Statue image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 16, 2015
3. William Penn Statue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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