Samuel Smith White Pine #6

Samuel Smith White Pine #6

Pinus strobus In 1832, seventy-year-old Samuel Smith brought a party of 350 settlers including his family through the Cumberland Gap to settle in Tennessee. He was given a thousand acres of land in Montgomery County as a pension for his service in the Revolutionary...
Old Oak of Tusculum College #19

Old Oak of Tusculum College #19

Quercus alba The Old Oak once shared honors as co-champion white oak in the state of Tennessee. Standing over 100 feet tall, with a circumference of twenty-three feet and a spread of 110 feet, the tree is between two hundred fifty and three hundred years old. The Old...
Old Forest of Overton Park #15

Old Forest of Overton Park #15

A true island of green surrounded by urban sprawl, the Old Forest of Overton Park stands within the city of Memphis and is a testament to the protection and preservation attitudes of the people. Part of the old-growth virgin forest that formed Chickasaw Bluffs, “Lea’s...
Oaklands White Oak #9

Oaklands White Oak #9

Quercus alba This white oak witnessed the occupation and encampment of the Federal forces (9th Michigan Infantry) under Colonel William Duffield in 1862. On July 13, 1862, his unit surrendered along with the entire Federal army around Murfreesboro after a daylong...
New Hope Cemetery Black Oak #32

New Hope Cemetery Black Oak #32

Quercus velutina Just four years after the Civil War a small group of emancipated slaves met at a local schoolhouse on Holly’s Creek. They asked the Reverend William S. Doak, the Presbyterian missionary and president of Tusculum College, about forming a congregation...