Not long ago a reader asked about the ages of live oaks on Ocracoke. No one seems to know how old these majestic trees are, but estimates range from 350 years to 500 years, maybe even older for the largest trees.
With help from Chester Lynn I have been trying to photograph, measure, and document some of the oldest trees, both in the village, and on NPS land. I hope to have a monthly newsletter with more information in the coming months. In the meanwhile, enjoy this photo of what may be the largest live oak on Ocracoke Island. Measured about 3' from the ground, just below where the main trunk splits into several main branches, it is about 17' 3" in girth. It lives on Howard Street. The oak in the Methodist Church parsonage yard may be more impressive (the trunk does not divide, and it stands proudly right next to the lane), but it's girth is a "mere" 13' 9".
Our latest Newsletter is a history of the Ocracoke Assembly of God Church. You can read the newsletter by clicking here.