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New Haven Green Lincoln Oak

35-lincoln-oak-2.jpgNew Haven Green Lincoln Oak

These bowls and pens were handcrafted from the Lincoln Oak.  This tree was planted in 1909 near the center of the New Haven Green to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.  The strong winds of Hurricane Sandy toppled the massive 103 year old tree on October 29, 2012.  Tangled in the tree's roots (underneath the white tent in photograph) was the skeleton of a woman buried during the colonial period.  This provided a reminder that the area surrounding the Three Churches on the Green was previously used as a cemetery.  

Ten percent of the sales of each of these items will be donated to the New Haven Green Commission for the planting of additional trees in the heart of New Haven.