Monday, March 14, 2011
"Angel Oak" '08 by Linda Waters
Reportedly the oldest thing -- living or man made -- east of the Rockies. Towering over 65 feet high, it has shaded John's Island, South Carolina for over 1400 years and would have sprouted 1000 years before Columbus' arrival in the New World. Recorded history traces the ownership of the live oak and the surrounding land back to the year 1717 when Abraham Waight received it as part of a small land grant. The tree stayed in the Waight family for four generations, and was part of a marriage settlement to Justus Angel and Martha Waight Tucker Angel. In modern times, the Angel Oak has become a focal point of a public park. Today the live oak has a diameter spread reaching 160 feet, a circumference of nearly 25 feet and covers 17,000 square feet of ground.