From the Ground Up: In Memoriam for The Great Penn Oak
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When I heard the news that the plus-or-minus 300-year-old Penn Oak at the London Grove Meetinghouse had toppled last week, I felt the shock of it, almost as if the tree had given up to gravity in my own backyard. Which, in a sense, it did, this tree being a continuing marker of Chester County’s history. (And my apologies and respect to the Lenni-Lenape people on whose ancestral grounds we now live.) I had seen this tree maybe half a dozen times over the years and remember the impossibility of...

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