11 February 2013

Angel Oak Tree - Johns Island

Angel Oak, Johns Island, S.C
We might not have a snowstorm but it is a drippy day to be entertaining visitors from Canada. I headed towards Johns Island during a break in the rain this morning and we were awed as always at the magnificence of Angel Oak tree. I did notice that they had placed signs on stands so as to make photos as almost any angle difficult. Rascals. Do you think they want to encourage us to buy the photographs in the gift shop?

Turns out the beautiful prints in the shop are by my friends Leah and Kathy. The salesmen said they were one of his most frequently purchased items.  Go ladies!
The Angel  Oak has come to symbolize Charleston.  It is a Southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park, on Johns Island near Charleston.  The Angel  Oak Tree is estimated to be in excess of 1500 years old, stands 66.5 ft  (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and
produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). From tip to tip  Its longest branch distance is 187 ft.

The Angel Oak Tree is thought to  be one of the oldest living things in the country.  The land where the Angel Oak Tree stands was part of Abraham Waight's 1717 land grant.  The  City of Charleston now owns the property.  The Angel Oak Park is free and  the tree should be added to any visit to Charleston, Kiawah or Seabrook  Islands.