The spreading pecan tree is no more.
A massive tree next to the Mount Vernon mansion was recently cut down. Not because it was diseased, but because the tree threatened to destroy nearby George Washington’s bedroom and office. The risk was too great to keep the tree.
Now the tree wasn’t there during George’s time. It was planted in 1860, 61 years after the first president’s death. But, it was a cool spot to stand on a hot summer day. The wood was cut into sections that may be used for construction. The stump will be grinded.