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1902 Pin Oaks

In 1902 Connecticut held a convention in Hartford to consider updating our State Constitution. Delegates from all 168 towns attended and worked on the document. Joseph R. Hawley, one of Connecticut's US Senators, arranged for the US Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Plant Industry to provide Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) seedlings, which he distributed to each of the 168 participants at the close of the Convention to commemorate the experience. The delegates took the little trees back home, where they were planted on town greens, school yards, church yards and, in many cases, on the delegate's own property. Since there is still some confusion, it should be noted that these trees have no relationship to the Charter Oak (a White Oak, Quercus alba), offspring of which have also been used for commemorative purposes. No information regarding the parentage of these Pin Oaks has yet been found.

In 2002, a survey of these trees was done by Glenn Dreyer. Click here to see the survey summary.

Locations of 1902 Constitutional Pin Oaks in 2002
Glenn Dreyer, Connecticut's Notable Trees Program and The Connecticut College Arboretum
Town Location
Ansonia Dead per Cook, location unknown
Beacon Falls Never a record of the tree
Berlin Dead per Cook, location unknown
Bethany Never a record of the tree
Bethel Dead; Center Grammar School; not located in 1986 or 2002
Bethlehem Dead; north end of green; removed between 1987 and 2002
Bolton Dead per Cook, location unknown
Bridgeport Dead?; location uncertain; Seaside Park, possibly SW of tennis courts in 1940s
Brookfield Never a record of the tree
Brooklyn Dead by 1984; Delegate Evans driveway off Rt. 6 near Brooklyn-Hampton town line
Canaan Dead per Cook, location unknown
Chaplin Never a record of the tree
Cheshire Dead 1905 per Cook, location unknown
Clinton Dead circa 1985
Colchester Dead per Cook 1938 Hurricane; center of town green
Colebrook Dead; located near delegate Julian Smith's House not located in 1986 or 2002
Columbia Dead 1997; Town Hall; Between Yeoman's hall and Flag Pole-War Memorial
Coventry Dead per Cook
Danbury Never a record of the tree
Darien Never a record of the tree
Eastford Dead per Cook
East Hartford Dead; formerly at 1542 Main St.
East Lyme Dead per Cook
Easton Never a record of the tree
East Windsor Dead 1965; in cemetery Tromley Rd. and Cemetery Rd.; benches made from wood.
Enfield Dead per Cook, 1905
Essex Cut 2000 due to rot and damage. Roadside at little triangle green, center of Ivoryton
Goshen Dead per Cook
Groton D 1985; east of Monument, Fort Griswold.
Guilford Dead per Cook, 1904
Haddam Dead per Cook, 1903
Hamden Dead per Cook
Hartland Dead per Cook
Harwinton Dead per Cook
Hebron Dead per Cook
Killingly Dead; north of memorial boulder, Davis Park, Danielson
Killingworth Never a record of the tree
Lisbon Dead per Cook, circa 1917
Lyme Never a record of the tree
Manchester Never a record of the tree
Mansfield Dead; Rt. 195 small triangle west side at Spring Hill
Middlebury Dead 1991; front/south of town hall
Middlefield Dead per cook
Monroe Dead
Montville Dead per cook
Naugatuck Dead; Wittemore House, 361 Church St.; House burned 1960s, area redeveloped
New Canaan Dead by 1980s; northeast corner school grounds near Maple St.; now a parking lot
New Fairfield Dead; flooded by Candlewood Lake
New Haven Never a record of the tree
Newington Dead per cook
New London Dead per Cook, 1938 Hurricane
New Milford Dead per Cook
Newtown Dead; school on site; formerly house of delegate Northrop
Norfolk Dead per Cook
North Canaan Never a record of the tree
North Haven per Cook, 1904; front of town hall
North Stonington Dead per Cook circa 1907
Norwalk Dead per Cook
Norwich Dead per Cook
Old Lyme Dead per Cook
Old Saybrook Dead per Cook circa 1907
Orange See West Haven
Plainville Dead; rear of Broad. School
Pomfret Dead per Cook, 1938 Hurricane
Portland Dead by 2006. In front of old Town Hall, 265 Main St.; plaque.
Preston 36 Long Society Road, SE of house
Prospect Dead per Cook,1903
Putnam Dead per Cook
Ridgefield Dead per Cook
Saybrook See Deep River
Seymour Dead; Center School, Rt. 67, east side grounds
Sharon Never a record of the tree
Shelton Dead; Riverside Park, 3 stem white oak by plaque in 1985
Sherman Never a record of the tree
Somers Dead 2000; lawn, Congregational Church, Somersville
Southbury Dead, 2002
Southington Dead; lawn, Lewis High School
Sprague Never a record of the tree
Stamford Dead per Cook
Sterling Dead; lawn front of Sterling Mill.
Stonington Dead, 1985 Hurricane Gloria; Dennison Cemetery, Mystic.
Suffield Dead circa 1996; 343 S. Main St.
Thomaston Never a record of the tree
Thompson Never a record of the tree
Tolland Never a record of the tree
Trumbull Dead; just S. Merritt Pkwy, near west edge town, east of barn on Ormel Hall's farm
Union Dead per Cook, 1938 Hurricane
Vernon Dead per Cook, 1938 Hurricane
Westbrook Dead per Cook, 1938 Hurricane
West Haven Dead per Cook 1938 Hurricane; West Haven separated from Orange in 1921
Weston Dead per Cook
Westport Never a record of the tree
Wilton Dead, 1991
Winchester Never a record of the tree
Windham Never a record of the tree
Windsor Locks Dead, 1985; lawn 88 N. Main St.
Woodbridge Dead per Cook
Woodbury Dead 1998; Mitchell Elementary School, School St.
Woodstock Dead 1991; Woodstock Academy; cut for expansion of school
Note: "Dead per Cook" and "Never a Record" refer to Allen B. Cook's notes on The Connecticut Constitutional Oaks. Archives, State Library, Hartford, CT
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