Actually this tree was huge back in 1791.
Hampton Plantation was not an easy access in 1791. It’s still in the middle of swamps and marshes. George Washington, first US president, visited here as this had been an important area during the revolution. The tree was to be cut because even then it was in the way. Washington commented how it would be a shame to remove it, so here it is. You can be sure there is lots of work done to this tree, way out here!
Above is another angle of the plantation house.
This is one of the few real plantation homes that has the big columned porch we all expect to see.
Hampton Plantation, South Santee River, South Carolina.