“Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.”
So glad someone planted THIS Black oak some 200-250 years ago–maybe about the time Mr Jefferson made the above quote!
Do not know who or what planted the acorn–but this tree lived in grasslands just about it’s whole life judging by the spread of the branches.
Local history says Indians lived in the area and would burn the grasslands on occasion to keep the oak-grass savannah in much of southern/central Michigan–may have very well been what this tree witnessed. Slow burning grassfires would not have harmed the tree.
PS: Read more about oak savannahs and the flora & fauna they support from the Michigan DNR.