Standing the test of time
I love trees — especially those that have stood for centuries and witnessed the birth of our country, wars, peace, and everything in between.
There is no greater tree than the Angle Oak on Johns Island, South Carolina. Once in danger of encroachment by development, it has long been on my bucket list to see — and it did not disappoint.
It is simply an intricate and imposing work of art, formed by Mother Nature and the hand of God. Over the centuries, The Angel Oak has survived earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and human interference, so its strength and power are also palpable.
Called the “oldest living thing” in our country, the Angel Oak is estimated at between 400 and 500 years old, but there are some who say it could be as much as 1500 years old! You can’t help but feel a sense of calm and peace beneath its huge canopy.
The Southern live oak is 65 feet high with a circumference of 25.5 feet, shading an area of 17,000 square feet.
The magnificent tree derives its name from the estate of Justus Angel (an African American slave owner) and his wife, Martha Waight Tucker Angel. Local folklore tells stories of ghosts of former slaves appearing as angels around the tree, and of those spirits now protecting the tree.
Ancient and Majestic
Just think, when the ancient oak was only a sapling, the world’s population was around 208 million, the English had just started exploring the world in ships, and the United States of America wasn’t even close to existing. World civilization has changed extensively since then, but the Angel Oak tree remains standing.
Take the Trip
If you are ever in the Charleston, S.C. area, a visit to this tree is worth the trip. The Angel Oak Park is close to Charleston, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. They are wonderful places to explore!