English Elm in Washington Squre Park

English Elm in Washington Squre Park

Washington Square contains one of the oldest known trees in Manhattan. The great English elm located in the square’s northwest corner is over 300 years old. For years it has been known as the “Hangman’s Elm,” although no one has ever been hanged from the tree. In fact, the elm was part of a row of trees lining an English colonial farm until the square reached full size in 1828.

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