Nominate a Landmark Tree in Clarke County

The Bridges of Madison County may have been first but although Clarke County doesn’t have any covered bridges it does many large and varied trees thanks to our wide range of habitat and many large estates where trees are often preserved for beauty rather falling prey to a chainsaw.  With your help, images of Clarke’s greatest arboreal citizens will soon be captured in a calendar that will raise money for preservation efforts at the Burwell-Morgan Mill.

“Trees bear silent witness to the stories of our lives, some for many decades, some for centuries” says Jennifer Lee, executive director of the Clarke County Historical Association. “They contribute to our air quality and aesthetic, provide shade and wildlife habitat, and act as living monuments in our landscape. Now we would like to tell some of their stories.”

This White Oak tree is one of many magnificent Oaks at Carter Hall in Millwood - Photo courtesy Clarke County Historical Association

The Clarke County Historical Association invites anyone interested to submit nominations for their favorite trees in Clarke County. The only criteria are that the tree be accessible to the general public — on or near a roadway, in a public park, in town, etc. Evergreen, deciduous, native, non-native, large or small – all trees will be considered by a committee of tree experts who will choose the 12 finalists.

Participants may submit as many candidates as they wish and are asked to provide a photograph, description of the tree, its location, and its personal, historical, and/or aesthetic significance. Feature the tree in its best season – i.e. cherry trees in spring, maples in fall, sycamores in winter, etc. If necessary, a professional photographer or artist will be deployed to do renderings of the selected trees. Each tree and its historical and botanical description will be featured in a 2013 Calendar of Clarke County Trees. All who submit an entry to the contest will receive a free calendar.

Rules for Tree Nominations:  

Open to all.

No limit on number of submissions.

Include photograph, description of tree, its location, and significance.

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2012.

Send submissions electronically to

Send by mail to CCHA, Attn: Jennifer Lee, PO Box 306, Berryville, VA 22611.

Sales of calendars and other related items will go to the Campaign for the Burwell-Morgan Mill,  to help support repairs and restoration efforts there.



  1. Stuart Dunn says:

    Check out a sycamore at Virginia National Golf on the East bank of Shen River
    If it is still there, it was one of the largest in the State.
    From clubhouse walk straight line to river and you should be close

  2. There are a lot of sycamore trees with peeling bark along the Shenandaoh River. There are many mature white oak trees at Carter Hall and throughout Clarke County. The mature white oaks have big branches and rounded lobes on their leaves. In spring, redbud and flowering dogwood are my favorite Clarke County trees.