The original Liberty Tree, a stately elm, was a rallying point for pre-revolutionary activities.Ã¯Â¿Â½ The open space under its branches called "Liberty Hall" and a flag pole was erected through its branches with a hoisted flag the symbol for action.
Countless inflammatory cartoons and verses were nailed to its trunk and many Tories hung in effigy from its branches.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Perhaps its proudest moment was the repeal of the Stamp Act when innumerable lanterns blazed among its branches for all to see.
For more information about The Liberty Tree, please see the plaque at its base.
The plaque reads:
The Liberty Tree
Under the boughs of the original Liberty Tree in Boston in 1765, Patroits, calling themselves "The Sons of Liberty" gathered to protest the imposition of the stamp act in the years that followed.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Almost every American town had a Liberty Tree – A living symbol of the American Freedom of Speech and assembly.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Our Liberty Tree is a southern live oak quercus virginiana, more than 100 years old.