Ford’s Colony First Choice Realty has been planting Historical Trees for the past 10 years. Each tree represents $1 million dollars of resale real estate sold by First Choice each year. The trees can be found throughout Ford’s Colony.
This year's Historic Trees are Mount Vernon Red Maples from George Washington's beloved Mount Vernon estate on the Potomac River.
Mount Vernon was home to George Washington for more than 45 years. He inherited the property upon the death of his brother Lawrence’s widow in 1761. Washington developed the property’s 500 acres to create a setting fit for country gentleman. He designed the grounds to include a deep border of woods, rolling meadows, serpentine walkways, a pleasure garden, a kitchen garden, and groves of trees. The Mount Vernon Red Maple can be seen in the “hanging wood,” a landscape technique used to soften the view of the river banks. These trees grew from a seed hand-picked from the Mount Vernon Red Maple.
When Washington retired, it was an act that gained attention both at home and abroad. For Washington, however, it was a chance to return to the tranquil acres of his beloved Mount Vernon. Virginia, the “infant, woody country,” offered new opportunities for Washington. The Little Hunting Creek Farm was his favorite parcel of land. It had been deeded to his older brother, Lawrence, when Washington was 7 years old. Lawrence changed the name of the plantation to Mount Vernon in honor of his friend, Admiral Edward Vernon, a British Naval Officer.
Every Famous Historic Tree planted contributes to American Forests’ Global ReLeaf goal to plant 20 million new trees for the new millennium.
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