Today we visited Montpelier, home of Dolly and James Madison in Orange, Virginia. Although I love Monticello, I had wanted to visit Montpelier for the gardens, but hadn’t been able to until today.
This Cedar of Lebanon tree was brought to Montpelier in 1824 by the Marquis De Lafayette as seedlings in November of 1824 and given to James Madison as a gift. It was planted just outside the garden wall, that stands at the entrance to the formal gardens. It is just shy of 188 years old, and has grown through those 188 years to the picture above. I wonder what it will look like after 800 years, which is how old this elm tree is in the corner of a cemetery in Beauly, Scotland.
I asked how they knew it was 800 years old (skeptic that I was), and the tour guide said they had maps dating back 800 years of the cemetery that included the tree in every map. If trees could talk, imagine what they could tell you about what they’ve seen and heard. Growth through wars, peace, first kisses, marriages, burials, children, pets, sun, rain, droughts, snow, ice and only they know what else. Some legacy, don’t you think?