The London Grove Penn Oak is believed to have been here when William Penn arrived in 1682, but began its life in the company of the Lenni Lenape. In the more than three centuries since, it witnessed the creation of Pennsylvania and The United States, the Industrial Revolution, the end of slavery, two world wars, and the election of every American President. As it grew taller, the mighty tree watched as we built the Meeting House; held Meetings for worship, business, marriage, and memorial services; had family reunions, picnics, celebrations, conversations, and peaceful reflection.
Generations of children that have attended the London Grove Friends Kindergarten learned about nature and played games in the acre of its shade. Hundreds of people are buried in the graveyard just to the west of where the magnificent tree stood. For many decades, countless acorns from the London Grove Oak Tree have sprouted and are growing in the surrounding area.
Just before 10am on a sunny, calm September 19, 2023 on the grounds of the London Grove Friends Meeting House in Kennett Square Pennsylvania, teachers and students at the Kindergarten and those at Archie’s Store heard the PA State Champion White Oak Tree fall to the ground. The 80-foot tree had the benevolence to avoid harming anyone and the caretaker’s historic house. The tree only damaged parts of the garage to its south.
by Sarah Manning on 9/27/23