The Cole Family's Big Oak Tree
This big oak tree was in the Cole family’s yard. If I remember my Marietta history it is the same Cole family that donated land for the National Cemetery.
That would mean this house, yard, and oak tree was on Washington Avenue. The house had been added to modified many times – it is a lawyer’s office. The Oak tree died and had to go in the early 1900s.
The oak tree was a special tree. When Indians came to town to trade they had to leave their weapons outside of town under this tree. That was part of the treaty.
I haven’t heard if the white man had to leave his weapons someplace – I doubt it.
And even if there was a treaty to that effect, well, we know how the white man was about treaties… they were good about making treaties and they were also good about breaking them…. Take the North Georgia Gold Rush, the land lottery on Indian lands, and the Indian Removal, aka, The Trail of Tears for example.