Maryland's Liberty Tree Historical

Maryland's Liberty Tree Historical (HM1VDV)

Location: Oldtown, MD 21555 Allegany County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 32.415', W 78° 36.728'

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—Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park —

With roots planted deep in the soil providing stability and a crown overhead providing shelter and safety, it is easy to see how a tree could be a meaningful symbol for the Sons of Liberty in America's earliest days. Each of the original 13 colonies had "Liberty Trees" where colonists gathered to talk about unfair taxation and oppressive British policies. The Sons of Liberty was a secret organization and from their meetings and discussions the seeds for the American Revolution were planted.

Maryland's Liberty Tree, a Tulip Poplar, was located in Annapolis,
Maryland on the campus of St. John's College. It was the final
surviving Liberty Tree of the original 13 and remained standing
until it was damaged and removed following Hurricane Floyd
in 1999.

Colonel Thomas Cresap of Oldtown was a vocal and visible organizer of the Sons of Liberty
in western Maryland. Historians give Cresap
much credit in helping defeat the 1765 Stamp Act in Maryland. It is
fitting therefore that the current Maryland Liberty Tree, a direct
descendant of the original, is planted near the site of Cresap's Fort
in Oldtown, Maryland, overlooking the historic Chesapeake and
Ohio Canal.

"Let the far and near all unite with a cheer, in defense of our Liberty Tree." —Thomas Paine, 1775
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 705199 N 4379454
Decimal Degrees39.54025000, -78.61213333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 32.415', W 78° 36.728'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 32' 24.9" N, 78° 36' 43.68" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18901-18999 Green Spring Rd SE, Oldtown MD 21555, US
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