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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

The Endicott Pear, A National Treasure

Monday, September 30, 2013

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:

"I hope the tree will love the soil of the old world and no doubt 
when we have gone the tree will still be alive."

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!

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