|Picture courtesy of the Danville Library|
Cruising the Internet this weekend, I came across this absolutely fascinating story and thought I would share it with you.
The Endicott Pear Tree is one of the first fruit trees planted in the United States and, at 383 years old, it is still alive and bearing fruit!
It was planted sometime around 1630 by settler John Endicott, the first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and his children and history has recorded him as saying the following upon its planting:
Obviously it has! It's weathered storms, vandalism, and saw the birth of our nation. When it does leave us, it will live on through future generations, as the USDA's seed bank has successfully produced a clone of the tree. Let us all hope that this nation of ours is as steadfast as this beautiful tree.
To read the article that prompted this post, go here. It's fascinating!