Waverley Oaks:  Great Eastern Trees, Past and Present   
  Aug 05, 2005 10:04 PDT 

From: "Genevieve L. Netz" 
To: <ed frank>;
Subject: Great Eastern Trees, Past and Present
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2005 22:12:39 -0500


I didn't see a place to e-mail Mr. Rucker directly, so I will use this
address to make my comment about his list of "Great Eastern Trees, Past and
Present" at http://www.nativetreesociety.org/bigtree/great_eastern_trees.htm

I wish to encourage him to include the Waverley Oaks (which were near
Watertown, NY) on this page. I learned about them by reading old
periodicals at the Library of Congress "American Memory" website. Search
at this address: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ncpsquery.html Simply type
in "Waverley Oaks" and follow the links for The Atlantic monthly. / Volume
40, Issue 203, September 1877, and Garden and Forest/ Volume 3, Issue 104,
February 19, 1890. These are two of the best articles.

In 2001, I read on the State of Massachusetts (Division of Conservation and
Recreation) website that The Last Waverly Oak was declared a Famous and
Historic Tree in June, 2001. Acorns were being collected so that it can be
propagated. The webpage where I read this information,
http://www.state.ma.us/mdc/CommishJune_01.htm#4 , is no longer online,
except in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. See
June_01.htm#4 which is a "snapshot" of the original page. Internet searchs
for The Waverly Oaks yield only a few relevant sentences. The memory of
these mighty trees is fading rapidly and it's a shame.

Genevieve Netz
Hopkinsville, Kentucky