The Great Elm

The Great Elm (HM1KLF)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19125 Philadelphia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 58.01', W 75° 7.724'

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Penn Treaty Park

The great elm of Shackamaxon is the site under which William Penn and the Delaware Indians are traditionally said to have made the Great Treaty in 1682. Since that time, the Legend and history of the celebrated event have generated admiration for William Penn and for the tree. The truce became the living symbol of the Great Treaty. During the Revolutionary War, British General Simcoe posted guards around the tree to protect it from the settlers seeking firewood. When the elm was blown down in a storm on 3 March 1810, it was 283 years old, eight feet in diameter and twenty-four feet in circumference. The next day, hundreds of people gathered to marvel at and take cuttings from the ancient tree. Part of the tree was made into a chair for Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Today there are second, third, and fourth generation cuttings of the elm at the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Haverford College, and Penn Treaty Park.
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Date Added Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 489006 N 4424083
Decimal Degrees39.96683333, -75.12873333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 58.01', W 75° 7.724'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 58' 0.6" N, 75° 7' 43.44" W
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Area Code(s)215
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2001 Beach St, Philadelphia PA 19125, US
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