In honor of July 4th, we are taking a break from our usual tips and advice to share the story of a famous tree that played an important role in the American Revolution. The Liberty Tree, a giant elm tree in the heart of Boston, became a rallying point for the American rebels as they plotted the famous Boston Tea Party. These rebels, who later called themselves Sons of Liberty, used the tree as a place to spread awareness of their cause; its most notable use was in 1765, when the Sons of Liberty protested the famous Stamp Act by hanging an effigy of the law’s enforcer from the branches of the elm. Sadly, the Liberty Tree met its demise in 1775, when the British decided that the unruly Americans shouldn’t have a public meeting point and burned the tree.
Just because the first (and most famous) Liberty Tree was gone did not mean that the Americans were going to give in to the British; towns up and down the east coast designated certain prominent trees as Liberty Trees in acts of defiance. While the original trees have long since perished, there are still seedlings from the last remaining tree, which have been carefully cultivated and are being planted in each of the original 13 colonies as a reminder of the bravery and devotion of the men who fought to gain our independence. Georgia’s very own Liberty Tree can be seen at the Dalton City Hall!
If you would like a similar symbol of freedom, stop by The Family Tree to pick out your very own Liberty Tree! While we do not have any direct descendants of the colonial Liberty Trees, be assured that all of our trees are more than up to the task of representing American freedom!