Tuesday, January 24, 2017
This is all that is left of the beloved old May Oak located in Lewis Park downtown after it split down the middle and fell into the street in August 1986. The Tallahassee May Day Festival, one of the oldest annual celebrations in Florida, was held here until 1974. May Queens were crowned beneath its branches for more than 100 years. I remember the tree and I remember when it fell. It was a big deal for a city that cherishes its trees. You can see what it looked like in 1952 here. Another picture showing the May king and queen with their court under the tree in 1947 can be seen here.
Linking to Tuesday's Treasures.