I love trees and am very sad when an old one dies or is cut down. Last year we lost our old "Indian Tree" and I felt a great loss. It was a huge sugar maple that was bent into its zigzag shape about 200 years ago by American Indians. They are actually called signal trees and they were used by the Indians as guideposts in the deep woods. It was bent into shape when it was a sapling and held in place with a leather rope. When the leather rotted away, the tree was permanently growing in the desired position. The tree was pointing toward the river, so my guess is that the Indians were marking that route. I'm glad we were able to enjoy this beautiful and unique bit of history for the last 20 years at Willow Manor. Our Indian Tree will be sadly missed.
I am posting a picture of it in winter, and after it was damaged by storm, along with my little second cousin, Carter.