In April, a windstorm took down a landmark locust tree in Jackson Homestead’s front yard (at the corner of Washington Street and Jackson Road). The tree was planted around the time of American Revolution in the 1770s, making it about 250 years old. It stood sentiel at that corner as roads were paved, a railway line came through, and the Mass Pike was constructed.
Our Education Manager, Kelsey Merriam, managed to salvage a small branch from the tree, took it home, and despite the odds against it, was able to get it to take root! Staff at the Arnold Arboretum has taken on the stewardship of the sapling, volunteering to care for it and grow it until it can safely be transferred back to Jackson Homestead.
Historic Newton is making sections of the downed tree available to artisans and other interested community members who will fashion new items from the wood that will become part of a future public exhibit. We plan to plant a new tree near the spot where we lost the old one, renewing the landscape at Newton’s history museum.