Birthing Tree White Oak #4

Birthing Tree White Oak #4

Quercus alba Standing as a silent sentinel to the town, this enormous white oak welcomes travelers into the city of McMinnville. The Birthing Tree is steeped in local folklore and served as a local landmark for settlers passing through the area. Travelers from North...
Bicentennial Oak of Vanderbilt #30

Bicentennial Oak of Vanderbilt #30

Quercus macrocarpa This large bur oak is the only tree on the Vanderbilt campus known to predate the university. A landmark throughout the history of Vanderbilt University, it stood originally on the 1874 farm of Bishop Holland McTyeir. It was recognized in 1974 as...
Battle of Nashville Oak #2

Battle of Nashville Oak #2

Quercus Muehlenbergii On December 15–16, 1864, the Battle of Nashville was fought on a 1,500-acre tract of land known as the “Noel Place,” the residence of Oscar Fitzallen Noel and Sallie T. Noel. Both armies of the conflict occupied portions of the farm: The...
Battle of Franklin Osage Orange of Carnton Plantation #27

Battle of Franklin Osage Orange of Carnton Plantation #27

Maclura pomifera The Carnton House was built in 1826 by former Nashville mayor Randal McGavock on a 1,400-acre plantation south of the city. The garden site at the side of the house featuring the specimen osage orange tree and several cedars was developed in 1847. On...
Andrew Lytle Dawn Redwoods #10

Andrew Lytle Dawn Redwoods #10

Metasequoia Glyptostroboides On the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly grounds stands a grove of some of the oldest known species of trees in the world. Dawn redwood has been found in fossil form dating back one hundred million years ago and was once native to most of...