The real legacy behind the Angel Oak Tree near Charleston, SC
In Johns Island, South Carolina, hidden behind a chain-linked fence, is thought to be one of the oldest living oak trees east of the Mississippi River. It’s the Angel Oak Tree which stands 65 feet (20m or 6 stories) tall, is 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and an area of 17,000 square feet is shaded by its tentacular crown. Estimated to be 400-500 years old, this Southern live oak has survived a number of hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. It was damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but recovered and continues to grow. When looking for things to do in Charleston visitors who come here are encouraged to stop by the tree’s site, which is free to visit. This story is an example of how we can become better travelers by trying to learn the full history of some of the places we visit - the beautiful and the horrifying.
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