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Oldtown in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Marylandís Liberty Tree

 

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Marylandís Liberty Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2016
1. Marylandís Liberty Tree Marker
Inscription. With roots planted deep in the soil providing stability and a crown overhead providing shelter and safety, it is easy to see how a tree could be a meaningful symbol for the Sons of Liberty in America's earliest days. Each of the original 13 colonies had “Liberty Trees” where colonists gathered to talk about unfair taxation and oppressive British policies. The Sons of Liberty was a secret organization and from their meetings and discussions the seeds for the American Revolution were planted.

Marylandís Liberty Tree, a Tulip Poplar, was located in Annapolis, Maryland on the campus of St. John's College. It was the final surviving Liberty Tree of the original 13 and remained standing until it was damaged and removed following Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Colonel Thomas Cresap of Oldtown was a vocal and visible organizer of the Sons of Liberty in western Maryland. Historians give Cresap much credit in helping defeat the 1765 Stamp Act in Maryland. It is fitting therefore that the current Maryland Liberty Tree, a direct descendant of the original, is planted near the site of Cresap's Fort in Oldtown, Maryland, overlooking the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

“Let the far and near all unite with a cheer, in defense of our Liberty Tree.” —Thomas Paine, 1775
Marylandís Liberty Tree (at arrow) and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2016
2. Marylandís Liberty Tree (at arrow) and Marker

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 32.415′ N, 78° 36.728′ W. Marker is in Oldtown, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is on Green Spring Road just north of C&O Canal Towpath, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oldtown MD 21555, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Michael Cresap (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Town (approx. 0.3 miles away); Breaking Through a Mountain (approx. 8 miles away); Washington Heritage Trail (approx. 8.3 miles away in West Virginia); Paw Paw (approx. 8.3 miles away in West Virginia); West Virginia (Morgan County) / Maryland (approx. 8.3 miles away in West Virginia); Fort Ashby (approx. 8Ĺ miles away in West Virginia); American Discovery Trail (approx. 8Ĺ miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oldtown.
 
Also see . . .  Liberty Tree Public Comment Document. “The location for Maryland's Liberty Tree is within the C&O Canal NHP at Oldtown, the site of Colonel Thomas Cresapís stockade home. Col. Cresap was instrumental in the early westward movement. It was
This is not Marylandís Liberty Tree image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2016
3. This is not Marylandís Liberty Tree
But it is a fine looking tree, next to C&O Canal lock No. 70 a few yards from the marker.
at his home, in 1748, that a 16 year old George Washington spent four days while on a survey expedition.” (Submitted on October 28, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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