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Subject: [Q-R] Excerpt Of History
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 20:07:27 EST
"From time immemorial the Lafayette Tree, a giant of the Balm of Gilead
tribe, has been a landmark on the old road which is now Routes 5 & 20, west of
Geneva, N.Y. A plaque on a boulder near the massive base of the tree tells the
"This tree shades the spot when on June 6, 1825, General Lafayette was
welcomed by the children, citizens and military of Geneva."
Geneva was one of the many places the aging French hero of the Revolution
visited on his last American tour.
The historic tree, once so enormous that the pioneers held church services
under its spreading branches, is slowly dying. Many huge limbs already have
dropped off and only a few green leaves adorn its topmost branches. Soon the
landmark will be only a ghost tree.
Which, today it is but a ghost."