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Iconic 600-Year-Old New Jersey Tree to Become Furniture

The tree weighed 116,000 pounds and took two days to take down after it began showing rot and weakness during the last couple of years

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    The oak tree was so old that George Washington is said to have picnicked under it during the American Revolution. Roseanne Colletti reports.

    (Published Tuesday, April 25, 2017)

    Remnants of a 600-year-old white oak tree in New Jersey that was believed to be among the oldest in the nation will become furniture. 

    The trunk and limbs removed last week from the grounds of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Bernards were to be delivered Tuesday to Pollaro Custom Furniture in Hillside. 

    The company will transform the wood into altar tables for the church and meeting tables for Bernards town hall, according to News 12 New Jersey

    The tree weighed 116,000 pounds and took two days to take down after it began showing rot and weakness during the last couple of years. 

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    Officials say Gen. George Washington held a picnic near the tree with Marquis de Lafayette. 

    Another white oak cultivated from the old tree's acorns was recently planted at the church.