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The "Big Oak's" baby will be dedicated in Thomas County

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Big Oak tree in Thomasville is a famous landmark and a city treasure. In honor of Arbor Day, a baby big oak tree is going to be planted in Thomasville at Pebble Hill Plantation on Saturday.

There's a lot of history behind the old tree, and the new one.

"A hundred years ago I played under the big oak tree..." Ann McKinnon fondly reminisces her childhood spent underneath what she calls a Thomasville treasure.

"We didn't realize it was such a treasure until we realized it was bigger than the others, older, and just began calling it the big oak," she said.

The Chastain family used to live on this property, and owned the enormous oak many years ago.

"They had five children, and the granddaughter of one of the children is presenting the oak tree this weekend.

Carol Singletary of Thomasville, whose grandparents used to live on this property, says she would check the oak tree every year for acorns, but it never produced any. Finally, in 2005 it did. So she gathered them up, and grew baby oak trees of her own.

"One of these is a small oak tree from the big oak and we're calling it the baby big oak and we're going to present it to Pebble hill and Thomasville on Saturday."

"We're hoping it will thrive and become another big oak and have a nice open space where it can thrive."

And, maybe draw in the visitors. "A lot of people come by to visit the big oak when they come to Thomasville."

Which is exactly what the Busch family all the way from Washington, Missouri, did. "We just come by to keep the kids entertained and see a big oak tree. We don't have anything this big in Missouri," said Dave Busch.

And even though we won't get to see the new sapling grow to be 328 years old and 68 feet tall, this town hopes it will.

The formal ceremony presenting the baby oak will take place at Pebble Hill Plantation at 10 in conjunction with the Georgia state Flower show. It's free and open to the public.

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