The Endicott Pear Tree, the oldest living cultivated fruit tree in North America – located in Danvers, Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Portrait of the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Endecott. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are many notes (starting in 1800), about the Endicott Pear Tree and its fruits, in the diary of Rev.William Bentley, who had visited the Endecott estate many a times. It’s worthwhile to note that the Endicott Estate was known as Collins Farm at that time, although it was owned by Capt. John Endicott.
Here is an interesting historic description of the Endicott Pear Tree by James Raymond Simmons, author of The Historic Trees of Massachusetts, 94 years ago, in 1919.:
“Soil has gradually collected about the trunk until the two main branches appear to rise from the ground as separate trees. They evidently join under a heavy covering of sod. Surrounding them is a fence which acts as an effective protection. When the author photographed the tree it was covered in green fruit. It may be seen in a field near Endicott street at Davensport, and is worth turning aside to behold, for it is one of the most quaint and strangely impressive of all the historic trees.”
— James Raymond Simmons,
The Historic Trees of Massachusetts(1919).
Portrait of Massachusetts Colonial Governor John Endecott (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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