Make Your Tree Famous

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“I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree,” wrote poet Joyce Kilmer. To that end, the St. Marys Tree Board is on a mission in search of trees with historic, fascinating or sentimental stories in downtown St. Marys. Be it a Spanish moss draped oak, a lacey cypress or majestic southern magnolia; what’s the story on your tree?

A wonderful example is represented by the historical marker located on Weed Street entitled, “FIRST PECAN TREES”. The marker describes nuts found floating at sea by Captain Samuel F. Flood and brought ashore to be planted at the site by his wife, Rebecca. It is said nuts taken from the St. Marys trees to distant points throughout southeastern states eventually became world reknown groves, which in turn became one of Georgia’s greatest exports. Today, seedlings of these same trees can still be seen along East Weed Street in St. Marys. The trees present today are approximately seventy years old and continue to produce nuts in the fall each year.   
All trees to be included in the St. Marys Tree Board Tour must be within reasonable walking distance of the downtown historic area, visible from a public access, and have a fascinating story that simply must be shared. Take a look around; pass on the tale of an ancient gnarled trunk that has stood the test of time, boughs that once supported the swings of laughing children or graceful branches that have shielded love’s first kiss.  
“Calling All Trees” make your tree famous by contacting the St. Marys Downtown Development Authority at 882-8222 or email Make the St. Marys Tree Board project, Tree Tour a success by sharing your story.

Alyce Thornhill

Director of Economic Development



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