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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