Martinsville, Virginia

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Remarkable Tree of Virginia

Arts & Cultural, Heritage / History, Museum

A remarkable Post Oak

Common Name: post oak

Scientific Name: Quercus stellata

Category: Old tree

Diameter: 137.5cm Height: 42.5m

This post oak is a well-known tree in the area due to its size, age, beauty, and location. This tree is located in the center of Martinsville, Virginia on property that has been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places as a significant historical property. Adjacent to the post oak is the Little Post Office that played a critical role in the expansion of the U.S mail's star route in the late 19 century. It provided services to rural communities in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Over the years it expanded to Maryland, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Colorado serving over 500 routes. At night, visitors can still enjoy the site of the post oak because the previous owner of the property placed spotlights around the tree to illuminate it at night for everyone to enjoy its uniqueness.

more info: https://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/remarkableTree/detail.cfm?AutofieldforPrimaryKey=2242

Visiting the Art Garden

Free and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.
Parking located at Piedmont Arts, with handicap parking available adjacent to the Art Garden.
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