In the spirit of Halloween, I will write about something that could have come out of Netherworld.
Meet Angel. To be precise: the Angel Oak Tree.
While “The Tree” did not actually originate from the otherworld, being around it was enough to give me nightmares.
We first heard about the Angel Oak Tree just a few weeks before our trip to Charleston, SC. We read about it at the travel section of our local newspaper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Even though we thought that it would be interesting to see this humongous tree, we did not make it a priority during our stay in South Carolina.
But then, there it was… We were on our way back to Charleston from having lunch on Kiawah Island. Not long after we drove out of Kiawah, Johnny saw signs for Johns Island and its rather famous inhabitant, the Angel Oak Tree. So of course we just had to see it for ourselves.
While live oak trees are very common throughout the Lowcountry (Coastal Carolina), this has got to be the grande dame of them all. I don’t think anyone knows for sure the exact age of this tree. I have read anywhere from 300-400 years old, to the ripe old age of 1500 years old. According to the website http://www.angeloaktree.org, the Angel Oak Tree is considered to be one of the oldest living beings east of the Mississippi River. A few other stats:
Height: 65 ft. Circumference: 25 ft. Area of shade: 17,000 sq. ft.
Although the land where the tree stands now belongs to the City of Charleston, it used to be privately owned by the Waight family. The name Angel itself came from one of the family’s descendants, Justus Angel and Martha Waight Tucker Angel.
Before I leave you with the rest of the pictures to admire, I’m going to mention that there’s no charge to see this behemoth of a tree.