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Tree That Owns Itself, Athens

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Tree That Owns Itself is a white oak tree that, according to legend, has legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet (2.4 m) of its base. Also known as the Jackson Oak, the tree is at the corner of South Finley and Dearing Streets in Athens, Georgia, US. The original tree, thought to have started life between the mid-16th and late 18th century, fell in 1942, but a new tree was grown from one of its acorns and planted in the same location. The current tree is sometimes referred to as the Son of the Tree That Owns Itself. Both trees have appeared in numerous national publications, and the site is a local landmark.

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  • Take a short walk to the Tree That Owns Itself to say you have been there. Fun little historical spot.  more »
  • This is a respectful way of living- just love that William H Jackson thought so much of this tree that he made sure the tree would enjoy a life without the interference of people. This is something...  more »
  • Quirky and unusual bit of history as this tree and eight surrounding feet of ground was deeded to own itself. Off the beaten track in an area of mixed styles of historical and architectural interesting homes and off a cobblestone street in Athens Georgia . When the original tree died, an acorn from it was planted and this is its offspring.
  • Really fun story and worth a visit if you are in the area. Stately pine. Located in a lovely neighborhood, the tree itself only takes a few minutes to see. But its surrounded lovely houses that are more to see via a stroll or slow drive. Not sure I would go out of my way to see it though.

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