May 09, 2014

On the Road: Angel Oak in Charleston, South Carolina

Over Easter we visited my parents in South Carolina. As you can imagine, the area is typically southern – with cheese grits served in every restaurant, spanish moss hanging off the oak trees and alligators in all the ponds. It is beautiful. But what really blew me away, and has yet to escape my imagination, was Angel Oak, a 1500 year old tree that is rumored to be the oldest living tree east of the Mississippi. When standing in front of it, it was difficult to even comprehend its reach and scale. They say its shade covers 17,200 square feet! And it’s limbs are far larger in both diameter and length than the trunks of most other trees. I find that this kind of mind-boggling beauty only appears every now and then, and so I had to go back for a second visit, and then share it with you.

 

 

 

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MARIA DEL PILAR OSPINA CASTRO
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2 years 4 months ago

Wonderfull trees

Yasmin
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2 years 8 months ago
Cooper Leo
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2 years 9 months ago
Wow, nice post.The oak derives its name from the estate of Justis and Martha Angel, and local folklore tells stories of ghosts of former slaves appearing as angels around the tree.Believed to be in excess of 1500 years old, its massive, draping limbs and wide-spreading canopy present the aura of an angel but the naming of this tree was acquired from the tree's previous owners, Martha and Justin Angel.Really, it is so amazing.When I was traveling many places in Auckland through the guide of TT Shuttles Transport service at that time I saw like this type of one tree, but… Read more »
Kim
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2 years 11 months ago

I'm headed to Charleston next month — gotta check this out! Amazing!

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2 years 11 months ago

Is that really a 1500 year old tree or a 150 year old tree??! Possible typo?

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