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Thomasville\'s Historic Big Oak showing a park as well as children

Stand beneath the shade of this ancient oak tree, which has stood gloriously in this spot in Thomasville for over three centuries.

Thomasville’s Historic Big Oak is one of the city’s oldest landmarks. This huge oak tree dates back to about 1680. It is one of the earliest members of the Live Oak Society, a group created in 1934 for the preservation of the live oak trees native to southeastern United States. Visit Thomasville’s Historic Big Oak to appreciate its colossal dimensions and snap souvenir photos.

The tree stands on a street corner and dominates a garden called Elizabeth Ireland Poe Park. It has a height of 68 feet (21 meters) and its circumference is about 24 feet (7 meters). The branches, which have a span of over 160 feet (49 meters), form a canopy over the street. Note that the tree is more than twice as wide as it is tall. Metal supports and wires help to protect the heavy boughs from severe damage. Although some of its large branches droop to the ground, sitting or climbing on the tree is strictly forbidden.

Locals and tourists come to have their photo taken under the tree. One of the more famous people to do so was President Dwight D. Eisenhower. For a fun activity, take a photo using the Big Oak Cam. A sign in front of the tree provides instructions on how to do this using your personal cellphone. You can then see the photos online.

While here enjoy the serenity of the tree’s park. In its southern corner is a gazebo, which offers a welcome respite from the sun during Georgia’s hot summer days.

Walk just a short distance from Downtown Thomasville to find the big oak tree. Free parking is available on the surrounding streets. Include a visit to the tree on a tour of Thomasville’s other major attractions. Take guided tours of the fascinating Lapham-Patterson House and the Thomas County Museum of History.

If you think that Thomasville’s Historic Big Oak is just a tree, reflect on the thoughts of William Blake: “A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.”

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