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10 World Famous Trees

The Tree That Owns Itself
Sometimes it becomes necessary for celebrities who reach a certain level of fame to manage their own careers — take Madonna and Oprah.Well, one white oak in Athens, Georgia may be the first to have the same distinction. The Tree That Owns Itself, as it’s known, originally grew on the property of William Jackson, who had fond memories of the tree from his childhood.

The story goes that Jackson, in hopes of preserving the white oak after his death, wrote a deed granting the tree ownership of itself.

According to a newspaper article written about the tree in 1890, this is what was penned: “Witnesseth, That the said W. H. Jackson for and in consideration of the great affection which he bears said tree, and his great desire to see it protected has conveyed, and by these presents do convey unto the said oak tree entire possession of itself and of all land within eight feet of it on all sides.”

Whether the deed was legally binding or not, the tree remained on the property until its death in 1942. Worry not, however, for the tree’s legacy continues with its offspring named, you guessed it, Son of The Tree That Owns Itself.

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5:41PM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

Nice post thank you

10:01AM PDT on May 19, 2013

wow, cool =)
New Zealand has some famous trees too, and beautiful ones!

9:47AM PDT on May 19, 2013

Great article with amazing trees,thanks for sharing

10:10AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Feel fre to check out my photo album "The Importance of Trees!"

3:59AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Piękne drzewa, my też możemy się pochwalić naszym 1000-letnim dębem Bartkiem.

3:24AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012


2:52AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Wow how interesting! What beautiful trees! It restores my faith in humanity to behold these these trees regarded with wonder and affection! As for the 'Tree that owns Itself' that is a wonderful story, makes it seem so wrong that all trees are not considered to be that special :)

11:19PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I would have liked to have seen the Moon Tree but was passed to another link.

5:25AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Amazing article :) thanks for making my day.

9:11PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

These Trees! What wonders ..such Peace and love they give us ....

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