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Tree That Owns Itself, Athens

#14 of 38 in Things to do in Athens
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Tree That Owns Itself is a white oak tree that, according to legend, has legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet (2.4 m) of its base. The tree, also called the Jackson Oak, is at the corner of South Finley and Dearing Streets in Athens, Georgia, United States. The original tree, thought to have started life between the mid-16th and late 18th century, fell in 1942, but a new tree was grown from one of its acorns, and planted in the same location. The current tree is sometimes referred to as the Son of the Tree That Owns Itself. Both trees have appeared in numerous national publications, and the site is a local landmark. Neither of the two trees hold legal rights.
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  • I fell in love with a tree that owns it self. I went here with zero expectations. Then saw this tree (that owns itself) and my heart skipped a beat  more »
  • The Tree That Owns Itself is an Athens institution, and represents one of the more unusual historic landmarks in this very historic city. The tree currently at the location is technically the "son...  more »
  • Quirky and unusual bit of history as this tree and eight surrounding feet of ground was deeded to own itself. Off the beaten track in an area of mixed styles of historical and architectural interesting homes and off a cobblestone street in Athens Georgia . When the original tree died, an acorn from it was planted and this is its offspring.
  • Really fun story and worth a visit if you are in the area. Stately pine. Located in a lovely neighborhood, the tree itself only takes a few minutes to see. But its surrounded lovely houses that are more to see via a stroll or slow drive. Not sure I would go out of my way to see it though.
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