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Sat Sep 27, 2014, 08:16 PM

The Tree that Owns Itself

http://www.visitathensga.com/listings/index.cfm?listingID=234&menuID=299

The land on which the tree stands was originally owned by Col. William H. Jackson, a professor at the University of Georgia. Legend has it that in the early 1800s, Professor Jackson, out of love for the great oak, deeded to the tree ownership of itself and the land within eight feet of it on all sides. The marker at the foot of the tree reads as follows: "For and in consideration of the great love I bear this tree and the great desire I have for its protection, for all time, I convey entire possession of itself and all land within eight feet of the tree on all sides." An original deed has not been located, but the Athens community has recognized the tree's title to the surrounding land and has taken measures to protect the tree. Philantrhopist George Foster Peabody paid to install the enclosure surrounding the tree.

The original tree became diseased and was blown down in a windstorm on October 9, 1942, and a new tree was grown from one of its acorns. The Junior Ladies Garden Club grew a sapling from one of the tree's acorns and planted it on the same spot October 9, 1946.

Its property rights have never been questioned.


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underpants Sep 2014 OP
BlueJazz Sep 2014 #1
OnyxCollie Sep 2014 #2
CaptainTruth Sep 2014 #3
Old Crow Sep 2014 #5
SnowCritter Sep 2014 #11
lastlib Sep 2014 #12
underpants Sep 2014 #17
underpants Sep 2014 #18
1dogleft Sep 2014 #24
CottonBear Sep 2014 #4
underpants Sep 2014 #19
CottonBear Sep 2014 #28
bench scientist Sep 2014 #6
underpants Sep 2014 #20
hueymahl Sep 2014 #23
trishtrash Sep 2014 #27
Uncle Joe Sep 2014 #7
kmlisle Sep 2014 #8
CottonBear Sep 2014 #9
Enthusiast Sep 2014 #13
marlene.elyse Sep 2014 #10
Enthusiast Sep 2014 #14
Hissyspit Sep 2014 #15
Scootaloo Sep 2014 #16
underpants Sep 2014 #21
sarge43 Sep 2014 #22
hopemountain Sep 2014 #25
calimary Sep 2014 #26

Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 08:33 PM

1. I'm actually moved by this. Pretty cool.

 

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 09:09 PM

2. Like a BOSS!

 

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 09:21 PM

3. If corporations are people, trees must be people too.

Gives a whole new meaning to "board meeting."

I hear the tree/corp started with a few products, then branched out into other markets.

A few years ago there were allegations of tax fraud, but investigators quickly discovered they were barking up the wrong tree.

A follow-up investigation got to the root of the problem.

You may think I'm nuts ... but don't call me a sap ... just leaf me alone!!!!


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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 09:46 PM

5. I see there is a wag in our midst...

... pretty good there. You made me laugh.

I was going to add my own pun here, but I was stumped.

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 10:45 PM

12. (Don't you think you're going a little far out on a limb with this?)

At the very least, it's getting a little a-corny, I'd say.

There is a deciduous irony to all these puns........

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Response to lastlib (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 06:16 AM

17. Ha!

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 06:24 AM

18. That was PUNderful

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 12:08 PM

24. and to

 

FAMILY TREE!!! yuck yuck

and ROOTS !! I GOTTA MILLION OF THEM

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 09:32 PM

4. This tree is in my town.

The Tree That Owns Itself has offspring all over our community, including our public school grounds and parks.

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 06:30 AM

19. Found this listening to musice on YouTube last night

REM Interview from 1988


For those who don't want to watch the video - about a minute into it Berry and Mills talk about the tree and the double barrel cannon. The idea behind the double barrel cannon was that a chain would connect the two cannonballs creating more damage to the enemy forces. The problem was that there wasn't an equal charge behind each cannonball so they shot out and spun around in the general area from which they were fired. This obviously was very disturbing to the people near the double barrel cannon. As Mills concludes the story, "Only fired once".

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Response to underpants (Reply #19)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 09:22 PM

28. Thanks for the link!

My family and I drive by and walk by that cannon all the time.

The Tree is a wonderful part of Athens.

If you are ever here, please PM me so we can meet up!

I've met and heard in concert all of the rem guys.

They are true Democrats!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 09:50 PM

6. yup, one of the little treasures here in Athens GA

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Response to bench scientist (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 06:31 AM

20. and the double barrel cannon

see above

I have never been to Athens GA. I should probably make a pilgrimage of sorts there.

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Response to bench scientist (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 11:56 AM

23. Athens Rocks

Finest city in the Southeast!

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Response to bench scientist (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 07:55 PM

27. I love Athens, my town!

The storied tree, the cannon, and of course the wonderful music. And politically, an island in the sea of right wing insanity!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 10:01 PM

7. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, underpants.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 10:20 PM

8. Another wonderful story about the southern Live Oak.

We have a great one near my home town with a county park dedicated to it. They are dearly loved by the people of the South.

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Response to kmlisle (Reply #8)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 10:30 PM

9. Our Athens tree is not a live oak

The Live Oak is a coastal plain & coastal tree.

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Response to kmlisle (Reply #8)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 10:59 PM

13. What a beauty!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 10:34 PM

10. Love this story.


I grew up not far from Athens and I never heard of this - thanks for posting.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Sep 27, 2014, 10:59 PM

14. I love trees!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 12:43 AM

15. I stopped by and visited it this past November

in my way back to NC after seeing Michael Nesmith in Atlanta!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 05:13 AM

16. Eight feet around the tree can be quite a bit of space...

 

Once one considers that theroot system and leaves are as much part of the tree as the trunk itself is. From the picture, the deed is probably being violated

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #16)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 07:10 AM

21. The city has completely embraced (tree hugger reference) the tree

apparently they just account for the legal elements as needed. I get that you were joking but I find this story really cool.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 10:36 AM

22. How lovely trees are

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 05:52 PM

25. touching! i am going to share this story with the other trees

trees are some of my best, best friends.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun Sep 28, 2014, 07:04 PM

26. Excellent!

Love this, underpants! WUNNNNderful!

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