On October 19, 1896, the anniversary of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, under the supervision of John McLaren, trees sent from the original 13 States were planted near the Pioneer Log Cabin. They were planted in a curved allée 450 ft in length by the Sequoia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It was estimated that 2000 people attended that autumn day.
A silver trowel was used in the plantings, the handle of which was made from wood of a magnolia planted by George Washington at Mt. Vernon.
The cedar from Pennsylvania was placed in the center as the keystone, with the trees from the southern states south of it and those from the northern states to its north, now near the beginning of Stow Lake Drive.
The States and their trees are as follows:
New Hampshire – Sugar Maple; from homestead of General Stark
Massachusetts – Elm; from the Old North Bridge at Concord
Rhode Island – White Birch; from the birthplace of Gen. Nathanael Greene; replaced in 1976 with a Birch
Connecticut – White Oak; grown from a seedling of the Charter Oak; replaced in 2014 with a Black Walnut
New York – White Oak; from the battlefield of Saratoga
New Jersey – White Linden; from a home once the headquarters of Gen. Washington
Pennsylvania – Cedar from Valley Forge; replaced in March 2012 with a Hemlock
Delaware – Red Maple; from Belmont Hall, Smyrna; replaced in 1976 with a maple
Maryland – Liquid Amber; replaced in 1976 with a Liquid Amber
Virginia – Chestnut, from grave of Thomas Jefferson; replaced in 1976 with a Chestnut and again in 2014 with a Tulip Tree
North Carolina – Hackberry; replaced in 1976 with a Pine; replaced in 2012 with a Red Maple
South Carolina – Magnolia; replaced in December 2011 with a Magnolia
Georgia – Catalpa; replaced in 1976 with a Live Oak
On May 19, 1920, the granite bolder was placed with a bronze plaque
The grove was re-dedicated in 1976 and 2012.
The restoration of this historic grove continues, for the enjoyment and education of future generations, and for the honor of those who secured our independence.