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THE ANGEL OAK TREE
Johns Island, South Carolina

Contributed by Rod & Judy Ness of Hermantown, Minnesota
Angel Oak
Rod Ness

For scale, that's Judy Ness standing near the trunk of this live oak tree (Quercus Virginiana) that stands about 13 miles southwest of downtown Charleston. Thought to be the oldest tree east of the Mississippi River, it's over 65 feet tall and could be as many as 1,500 years old. According to HistoricTrees.org, ownership records can be traced back to 1717, when Abraham Waight "took possession" of the tree as part of a land grant. The tree has a circumference of nearly 26 feet and provides about 17,000 square feet of shade. The largest limb has a circumference of 11 feet. Some people claim the name of this massive tree refers to the aura of an angel, but is more likely named after one set of previous owners, Martha and John Angel. Today, the tree is the centerpiece of a public park.

Angel Oak
Rod Ness

Location:
3688 Angel Oak Road,
Johns Island, SC 29455

Photographed by Rod & Judy Ness 2/07/08
Posted on RoadTrip America 8/08



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