Hampton Plantation Oak – Charleston, South Carolina
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The famous Washington Oak stands on the grounds of Hampton Plantation located in Charleston County, just north of McClellanville. Sharon Cumbee took this picture in January 2009. She stood under the front porch of the house at Hampton Plantation for this unique view of the Washington Oak on the front lawn.
The tree got its name because it was said that when George Washington visited Hampton, Eliza Pinckney Horry asked him if she should have the tree removed because it blocked the front view from the house. Washington told her she should leave the tree. And so, because of what was probably a most casual conversation, the tree remains today.
It has grown to be a beautiful, massive oak but, Eliza was right, it does block the front view from the house.
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