Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Witness Tree

Traditionally, a Witness Tree was a surveying tool to mark a section or quarter section for mapping purposes.   This tree is located on the original highway between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  On Oct 25, 1794, it has been documented that George Washington was here because one of the horses in his entourage threw a shoe.  The Tate's were the local blacksmiths.  Of course, the 1863 date reflects the Battle of Hunterstown, part of the battles of Gettysburg. I imagine the tree has witnessed many things perhaps someone's first stolen kiss, or  the burying of a beloved pet.

1 comment:

Marilyn said...

I have never heard of a witness tree, but I can imagine a tree that old has indeed witnessed alot and would have amazing stories to tell.