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Centuries-old tree removed from Prospect Hill Cemetery

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Prospect Hill Cemetery was founded in 1892. The tree is even older. It's 130 to 150 years old, and sadly, it's dying.

Wednesday was a bittersweet day for a historic cemetery in Towson, where a centuries-old tree had to be torn down. An ambitious mission took place Wednesday at the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Towson as cranes rolled through to take down the old copper beech tree. The cemetery was founded in 1892 and the tree is even older.

So, we consulted with various arborists," said Carolyn Parker Knott, president of the cemetery board. Knott said it was a sad occasion as the tree is a part of what makes Prospect Hill Cemetery so historic and special. The cemetery is the final resting place of founding families of Towson and veterans of every war, like the Hillen family, who fought in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Although the historic tree is coming down, the wood will be repurposed.

We think this is going to be really well-suited for pieces for the home, so bookshelves, desks, cabinetry, consoles, things like that," said Will Phillips, co-owner of Sandtown Furniture Co. The cemetery board had to raise $9,000 to remove the tree, and it's still raising funds for landscaping afterward.

—Wednesday was a bittersweet day for a historic cemetery in Towson, where a centuries-old tree had to be torn down. An ambitious mission took place Wednesday at the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Towson as cranes rolled through to take down the old copper beech tree.

So, we consulted with various arborists," said Carolyn Parker Knott, president of the cemetery board. Knott said it was a sad occasion as the tree is a part of what makes Prospect Hill Cemetery so historic and special. The cemetery is the final resting place of founding families of Towson and veterans of every war, like the Hillen family, who fought in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Although the historic tree is coming down, the wood will be repurposed.

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