Liberty Tree: My, how you’ve grown

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – If you’ve driven past the Orleans County Courthouse, you may have noticed a stone marker with a plaque at the corner of East State and Main streets, on the northwest corner of the Courthouse lawn.

I’ve never seen anyone stop to look at the marker. I checked it out and the marker, affixed to a slab of sandstone, commemorates the planting of a new tree in celebration of the country’s 200th birthday. The tree was actually planted in the fall of 1975, a few months beofre the bicentennial.

The former Orleans County Board of Supervisors picked a tree as a lasting celebration of the country’s 200th anniversary.

Several of our towns have recently marked their 200th birthdays, with Ridgeway the most recent. That town officially was established in 1812.

Other towns and villages have milestone birthdays on the horizon. I would encourage them to follow the county’s example and plant a tree to mark the occasion.