Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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.

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Blogger Si's blog said...

We retirred ten years ago, saw a neat house on the internet, looked and bought. It is a 1929 Tidewater Victorian, in beautiful shape. The realtor said it could have been in Better Homes and she was right. Found that it had been redone by a local man who does this for a living. And we could afford it. Before us, it had been a rental property needing a lot of work. Now it has two beautiful red maples in front but apparently before it had a big oak in front. Every so often we run across someone who had lived in the house or knew someone who lived here. They all comment on that oak. Swings in it. Playing or sitting under it. They never comment on the house but all remember that oak. Isn't it interesting how much a tree can mean?

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Blogger ET said...

A tree has breaths and drinks. A house only flushes.

1:01 PM  

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