Have You Seen This Magnificent Chestnut Tree in Portsmouth that was Planted in 1776?
According to seacoast online this tree is believed to have been planted in 1776 by William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. How cool is that?!
It stands at 80 feet tall and is located on the grounds of the Moffatt-Ladd House.
She looks beautiful in any season especially when her leaves start turning in October:
But she's certainly no eye sore when her branches are bare in the Winter:
And when her leaves are in full bloom in the Spring, all is right in the world.
This tree has become somewhat of a historic landmark and a lot of effort goes into its preservation. The branches are routinely pruned, the ground surrounding the tree is fertilized and a series of steel cables that support the tree's limbs are checked to make sure they are secure.
Thank you to all the local arborists who work hard to preserve this rich piece of New Hampshire history so we can all enjoy its beauty.