It is legend that Eliza Lucas Pinckney had asked George Washington while visiting Hampton (Plantation) in 1791 whether or not this particular oak should be cut down or left as is. George Washington stated that it should be saved.
People across the state will focus on the state’s arbor heritage today, on South Carolina Arbor Day. Live oaks, like the one pictured, are an enduring and inspirational part of the Lowcountry’s natural landscape. For more photos go to postandcourier.com/galleries.
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This image of Lowcountry majesty at night was submitted by Dana Beach. The tree is located in Rockville.