America's Historic Horse Chestnut Tree
The last of 13 Horse Chestnut Trees planted by George Washington at Fauquier Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia
George Washington planted thirteen horse chestnut trees on Fauquier Street in downtown Fredericksburg -- one to represent each of the existing colonies. The trees provided shade for his mother and sister as they walked to and from each other's houses.
The last of these trees was reclaimed by Historical Woods of America. The wood has been re-purposed into beautiful writing instruments, knives and jewelry, all of which is available in our shop.
For more about the history and provenance of this tree, see the links below.
- An article about the tree from DAR Magazine in 1926
- Tree growth ring count
- Old Post Card From Fredericksburg, VA
- Martin Davey inside the tree 1926
- 1926 photo showing the Honorable Martin Davey (Democratic Representative from Ohio) and owner of The Davey Tree Experts analyzing the damage and the work his crew has to perform to keep the tree alive.