The Wye Oak

The Wye Oak (HM259C)

Location: Wye Mills, MD 21679 Talbot County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 56.362', W 76° 4.836'

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Preserving a Legacy

For well over 450 years, a quiet giant stood marking the passage of time for many generations. The Wye Oak survived through the birth of a nation, the Civil War, and two World Wars. Located alongside what was once a Native American Trail and later Route 662, the tree had countless visitors and admirers.

In 1909, one of those admirers, Maryland's first state forester, Fred W Besley, took the first official measurements of the tree. The tree quickly gained notoriety as the "largest and finest specimen of white oak in the country".

The Wye Oak State Park marked, the first time a government purchased a single tree for preservation (1939).

In 1940, the American Forestry Association held a nationwide contest to locate the "largest living specimens of American trees." The Wye Oak was the first tree to be named a national champion. It was one of only two trees to have held its title since the contests beginning, until it tragically fell in a storm in June of 2002.

The tree measured nearly 32 feet in circumference and 96 feet tall. Its crown spread over 119 feet covering nearly 1/3 of an acre. The main trunk of the tree weighed over 61,000 pounds.

New life is being brought to Wye Oak State Park. A clone of the mighty tree has been transplanted to this site to be



enjoyed by a new generation of admirers.
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HM NumberHM259C
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Placed ByMaryland Department of Natural Resources
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Date Added Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 1:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 406347 N 4310603
Decimal Degrees38.93936667, -76.08060000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 56.362', W 76° 4.836'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 56' 21.72" N, 76° 4' 50.16" W
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Area Code(s)443, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14200 Old Wye Mills Rd, Wye Mills MD 21679, US
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