This American Liberty Elm was named after "The Liberty Tree: Our Country's first Symbol of Freedom." On the morning of August 14, 1765, the people of Boston awakened to discover two effigies suspended from an elm tree in protest of the hated Stamp Act. From that day forward that elm became known as "The Liberty Tree." It stood in silent witness to countless meetings, speeches and celebrations, and became the rallying place for the Sons of Liberty. In August of 1775, as a last act of violence prior to their evacuation of Boston, British soldiers cut it down because it bore the name "Liberty."
American Liberty Elm
Named for the original Liberty Tree, a symbol of Freedom to the Sons of Liberty, and cut down by the British Redcoats in 1775. This Liberty Elm was planted as part of a national program to restore the grace and beauty of the American Elm to cities and towns across America. Planted by The Charlestown Heritage Commission.