Belle Grove Plantation
March 2013 – With our 200 year old Mulberry Tree
As most of you know that follow our blog, we had to cut down four of our trees on the plantation this year. It was a heart-breaking task because one of those trees was a 200 year old Mulberry. This tree stood here for 200 years and witness many of the historic events at the plantation. It was even standing when James Madison was alive.
Before we cut them down, we did look around for a good use of the wood. I just didn’t want to have it end there. I wanted to respect them and have their wood be something of value. In my search and thanks to one reader of our blog, we came into contact with two woodworkers who treasure “Witness Trees” and who work hard to preserve them. One woodworker is local to us and has taken a large trunk section to be milled and worked into a colonial style table for the mansion. The other woodworker is from New Jersey. He took several of the limbs and will be turning them into beautiful historic pens for us. Most of the wood is currently drying, but The Historic Pen Company was able to dry some of the wood through a faster method so they could produce a few pens now.
Today, I was surprised by a package. When I opened it, I was thrilled to find one of these Historic Pens.
Made from the 200 year old Mulberry Tree and engraved with our name and that of James Madison,
this pen will now sit proudly in our Grand Hallway for all to see.
My heart is truly thankful and tears fill my eyes as I look on this pen knowing that our tree has finally come home.
Thank you so much to Bob DeMartino of the Historic Pen Company and to John Greco the Master Woodworker who turned our tree wood into a beautiful reminder of what history we have at Belle Grove Plantation!
To get your own Historic Pen made from our 200 year old Mulberry Tree
Please visit our Online Store on our Official Website!
Part of the funds raised from the sell of these pens will benefit our 1720 Summer Kitchen, Ice House and Smokehouse!