Historic Markers Across Tennessee



American Chestnuts



Marker ID:  
Location: on Vowell Mountain Lane, Lake City, TN
County: Anderson
Coordinates: N 36° 12.883    W 084° 10.017
  36.21471666    -84.16695
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



Text:

American Chestnuts


Convicts cut trees from Militia Hill and surrounding hillsides in 1892 so soldiers could spot attacking miners. Many of those trees were American chestnuts. Convicts and soldiers could not know that a fungus carried by Chinese chestnuts, brought to New York City in 1904, would decimate the remaining American chestnuts within a few decades.

The American Chestnut Foundation is developing a blight-resistant hybrid so the American chestnut can regain its crown as king of the forest. Chestnuts prefer loose, rocky ground, and modern surface mines provide ideal locations for planting blight-resistant hybrids where they can spread to surrounding forests.

Erected by Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.



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Coordinates may be incorrect (??)