BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) — The final sections of a 600-year-old white oak tree that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation have been taken down at a New Jersey church.
The work at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Bernards was completed Wednesday. Roughly 50 people watched, many clapping and cheering as the tree's large stump was pulled out.
The removal process started Monday, but no work was performed Tuesday due to heavy rain and winds.
The tree has stood witness to history and milestones since the town's inception in the 1700s. It served as a scenic backdrop for photographs and was the site of a picnic Gen. George Washington held with the Marquis de Lafayette.
It was declared dead after it began showing rot and weakness during the last couple of years.