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The Jefferson Hickory

Family legend at Toddsbury said that this old hickory was known to Thomas Jefferson, who referred in garden writings to the “Gloucester hiccory” and requested nuts from it, planting them at Monticello. This photo was taken in May 2003 and shows Carter Williams, left, who grew up under its shade; her granddaughter Molly Montague, and Molly’s parents, Mary and Breck Montague. The tree fell several months later in Hurricane Isabel; its descendants live on at Toddsbury.

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