Following in Very, Very Big Footsteps in Wye Mills, Maryland
Once upon a time, there lived a 460-year-old Goliath of a tree, the largest white oak anywhere—as far as anyone knew. So beloved was this arboreal colossus that the state purchased it, made a park of it, praising its glory as the finest ever achieved. Sturdy and brave, the Wye Oak signaled Maryland’s own fortitude, until one day a jealous thunderstorm slew the tree, devastating the people and their hopes with its crashing demise. But a new hope has been born: a sapling, planted freshly in the encircling arms of the ancestor. Visit her, encourage her, cheer her on. It will take a village to raise a seedling.