The Angel Oak
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I had the opportunity to travel to Charleston, South Carolina a few weeks back to attend a meeting with my wife. We took our two youngest daughters with us and did all of the touristy things. We had to stop at Buc-ee’s, and let me tell you if you
haven’t, it will blow your mind. Being the largest gas station I have ever seen, they have nearly everything in that place! My middle daughter, Charlotte, and I did a search around the area for all of the OBX filming spots. I have no idea what OBX is
but apparently most teenagers do! We saw some amazing places and got some great pictures too. The funniest part to me is when we went to see Wreck of the Richard and Charlene. This was in a little canal called Shem Creek where multiple
shrimp boats were docked across the river from Charleston. I was looking for a shipwreck, so confused why there was no shipwreck to see, my daughter let me know that it’s a little restaurant featured in the show! We also visited the aquarium
and took a horse drawn carriage ride. Oh by the way, did I mention the incredible food? I promise if I lived in Charleston, it would take more than F3 to keep me from being as big as a house. I would recommend all of this if you visit the area. Of
course, Charleston is also home to one of the coolest trees ever, The Angel Oak.
The tree, an old Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) is actually on St. John’s Island but it is owned by the city of Charleston. It is about a 10-15 minute drive from Charleston but totally worth it if you are in the area. All of the literature states that it is
around 400 years old. Imagine that, around the year 1600, when one of the oldest settlements in the nation was founded, this oak tree germinated from an acorn and began to slowly grow into this massive tree. The tree sits in the middle of a park, open to visitors year round with free admission and having picnic areas. However, parking is at a premium here and not allowed inside of the park unless you have a handicap permit for your vehicle. There is also a gift shop where folks can learn more about the tree and purchase memorabilia. By the way, there is another OBX scene filmed here as well!
We have live oaks here in good’ol Eastern North Carolina as well. They are great trees! In fact, live oaks are the trees that line the waterfront in Washington. These trees are designed to withstand hurricanes and salt water. I have seen several
majestic live oaks in our area with Spanish moss waving in the breeze but nothing like the Angel Oak. They are typically low growing but spreading trees, rarely reaching a height over 50 feet but having branches that will double that in their spread. The Angel Oak in contrast is 65 feet tall and its largest single branch reaches 89 feet from the trunk (that’s 89 fee in one direction)! The Angel Oak shades an area of 17,000 square feet, that is over eight 2,000 square foot houses that would be shaded by its massive branches. Our family had a really good time in Charleston with good food, fellowship, and some history sprinkled in! I would definitely recommend the trip and if you are looking for a few good restaurants, I know some folks that can help!
NC State Extension provides unbiased, research-based, University information to you the consumer or producer. If you have not visited your local Cooperative Extension Center, you may be pleasantly surprised by all of the information, workshops, and programming we offer! We will have a fall veggie class coming up on September 9 th and veggie sale on Saturday September 16 th , call our office or look on the Beaufort County Master Gardeners Facebook page for more information. If you are interested in the Extension Master Gardener SM Volunteer (EMGV’s) program training, now is the time to call our office or visit the website (beaufort.ces.ncsu.edu) for more information. We will be having a training that will begin in the latter part of September. We will meet on Tuesdays at the Beaufort County Center from 9:00-12:00 beginning on Tuesday September 19 th . If you are interested please send in your application!
If you are having an issue in your home garden or landscape, send your questions to Gene Fox, Consumer Horticulture Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, please email Gene at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (252)946-
0111. Learn more on Facebook at the Blacklands Area Horticulture page or visit the Extension Office located at 155 Airport Road in Washington, NC!