Remarkable Trees of Virginia: Luray chinquapin oak

We traveled to the sweet little town of Luray to visit this enormous old chinquapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) believed to have germinated in the 1750s, before the town of Luray was even founded.  The tree was threatened with encroaching development a few years back, but concerned citizens banded together to save it.  They were aided by the fact that a previous owner of the property on which it resides stipulated in her will that “the old oak tree in her backyard be left untouched with the exception of safe upkeep, forever, no matter who may own the property.”
The Page County office complex originally slated for this site, ended up being built in an entirely different location, and the tree still stands.  This tree definitely deserves it’s status in the Remarkable Trees of Virginia book as a community tree!

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