James Madison - Cedar of Lebanon (1824)

This tree was knocked down by an ice storm in the winter of 1995. It is one of the four Cedars of Lebanon that Madison planted at his home, Montpelier. These trees were believed to have been gifts from France, delivered to Madison by Marquis De Lafayette, during a visit to Montpelier in 1824.  A cross section of the tree was dated to approximately 1822 by a wood scientist at Virginia Tech.  This tells us that it was growing at least 15 years prior to Madison’s death in 1836.

 

 

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