200-year-old tree at Mt. Vernon struck down in nor'easter

Historians looking to repurpose wood

Twitter/Rob Shenk, MountVernon.org via CNN

The Facebook page for George Washington's Mount Vernon posted photos of a tree thought to be planted by the first president, which was struck down in Friday's storm.

The Facebook page for George Washington's Mount Vernon posted photos of a tree thought to be planted by the first president, which was struck down in Friday's storm.

Historians say the Canadian hemlock was gifted to Washington by New York Governor George Clinton in 1791. The storm also brought down a Virginia cedar that "stood watch over Washington's tomb for many years."

Mount Vernon administrators are reportedly looking into repurposing the wood, but say a lot of it was rotted.

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