Nor’easter fells Canadian Hemlock George Washington may have planted at Mount Vernon

Dean Malissa (R) portrays President George Washington as he talks with vistors at the Mount Vernon Estate February 22, 2017 in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

The fierce Nor’easter that knocked out power and flooded streets along the East Coast snapped a tree that may have been planted by George Washington on his Mount Vernon estate.

The Facebook page for George Washington’s Mount Vernon posted photos of the felled tree and said the storm brought down a “227-year-old Canadian Hemlock, as well as a Virginia cedar that stood watch over Washington’s tomb for many years.”.

The tree was likely planted by George Washington in 1791, after being given to Washington byGeorge Clinton, who was the governor of New York at the time, Fox News reported.

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Rob Shenk, the Senior Vice President of Visitor Engagement at Mount Vernon, tweeted that while D.C. Lost a lot of trees in the brutal Nor’easter winds, the loss of the 1791 Canadian Hemlock was especially tough..

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