Tree that Owns Itself, Georgia


A tree surrounded by a small stone and chain fence, and stands almost in the middle of the road in a residential neighborhood, that has a monument with the following inscription: "For and in consideration of the great love I bear this tree and the great desire I have for its protection for all time, I convey entire possession of itself and all land within eight feet of the tree on all sides. - William H. Jackson." The monument dates back to the late 1800s, though the original tree, said to be 400 years old, was knocked down by a storm in 1942. Members of the Junior Ladies Garden Club collected acorns from the fallen tree, from which they then grew saplings. In 1946, a particularly well-suited sapling was planted in the same spot as the original, becoming the Son of the Tree That Owns Itself, to which the same deed seems to apply.