Big Tree Park
submitted by UrbanDragon (Scott)
originally posted March 18, 2010
updated January 16, 2011
update: Scott shares this very sad news from Big Tree Park.
The Senator was destroyed by fire this morning.
The Senator Catches Fire, Collapses at Big Tree Park
Driving on 17-92 you’ll see a sign pointing to Big Tree Park, “Home of The Senator”. If your curiosity wins out and you take the side road you’ll find a small park with two very large trees to view – The Senator and his companion Lady Liberty.
The Senator is approximately 3500 years old, 118 feet tall and has a diameter of 17.5 feet. The tree has been attracting tourists since the late 1800s. The land was donated to Seminole County for a park in 1927 by Senator M.O. Overstreet. In 1929, it;s dedication ceremony was attended by President Calvin Coolidge.
Forty feet away from The Senator is another large tree – this tree was previously known as “The Companion Tree” but was renamed Lady Liberty in 2005 by students from a local elementary school.