American Chestnuts Historical

American Chestnuts Historical (HM1XJ8)

Location: Rocky Top, TN 37769 Anderson County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 12.883', W 84° 10.017'

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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.
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HM NumberHM1XJ8
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Placed ByCoal Creek Watershed Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 9:04am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 754673 N 4011485
Decimal Degrees36.21471667, -84.16695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 12.883', W 84° 10.017'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 12' 52.98" N, 84° 10' 1.02" W
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Area Code(s)865
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 215 Beech Grove Rd, Rocky Top TN 37769, US
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