Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

... Lovely as the Darien Oak; Waterfront Behemoth Nominated for Great American Tree Competition

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

... Lovely as the Darien Oak; Waterfront Behemoth Nominated for Great American Tree Competition

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Byline: Terry Dickson

DARIEN | Mark McClellan is campaigning for a tree.

McClellan and Jennifer Davis nominated the Darien Oak, a big live oak rooted over a tabby wall on the waterfront, for the Great American Tree competition. The vote is sponsored by American Grove, an online organization in which users can share experiences and advocate for healthy forests.

The tree has an enormous span of branches, but it's not so much the tree as the history that passed by it, McClellan said.

The tabby wall is part of the ruins of Darien built in the early 1800s before the Union Army burned it during the Civil War. Since then, the tree may have shaded sawmill workers taking breaks when Darien was a big lumber center and trees were cut inland and rafted down the Altamaha River.

It has shaded many of the 30,000 who come every year for the Blessing of the Fleet, and its limbs overhang bleachers in front of a concert stage.

"I just thought it would help promote our community,'' McClellan said. …

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