Pat Shingleton: "Just a Tree...Maybe Knot"
Advancing Wednesday's column, Dutch explorer, Adrian Block described in his journal an unusually large white oak tree growing in a clearing on what is now Hartford, Connecticut. In the 1630s, a delegation of Native Americans approached the property's owner, where the tree was located. Clearing his land and intending to remove the tree, Samuel Wyllys preserved it because it was planted ceremonially for the sake of peace when their tribe first settled the area. Local legend states that in 1687 the cavity of the tree was cored to hide the Constitution Charter from King James II. At that moment the tree was renamed the "Charter Oak." Wednesday marked the 154 year anniversary of the 200 year-old majestic tree's destruction from fierce wind storm.