227-year-old tree knocked down at Washington's estate

227-year-old tree knocked down at Washington's estate
Canadian hemlock dating back to 1791 (Source: George Washington's Mount Vernon on Facebook)

MOUNT VERNON, VA (WWBT) - High winds left damage across Virginia on Friday, including at Mount Vernon.

While George Washington's home was sealed up and protected from the severe winds, the plantation lost a Canadian hemlock that was planted in 1791.

The tree arrived in a half whiskey barrel from New York, which was a gift from then-Gov. DeWitt Clinton, according to the Director of Horticulture.

Washington planted the tree outside of the upper garden gate at Mount Vernon.

Plus, winds also knocked down a Virginia cedar that stood watch over Washington's tomb for many years.

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