Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Please save Angel Oak

angel oak photos

“….the 1450 year-old Angel Oak on John’s Island was already a large tree by the time of the Crusades. According to legend, the twisted limbs of the enormous Angel Oak shaded a familiar meeting site for Indians living on John’s Island.”
The Chicora Research Company did an archaeological study, entitled The Cultural Resources Survey of the Johns Island Property, Charleston County, South Carolina.  This entire report can be found at the Johns Island library on Maybank Highway in the local history section.
It says,
“As a result of this cultural resources survey one archaeological site (38CH1933) and one isolated find (38CH00) was identified.  Site 38CH1933 consists of a mid-nineteenth century domestic site.  The site has the potential to provide information about the former settlement in the area.  The site does extend off the current survey area, so it is impossible to evaluate the entire site. It is therefore RECOMMENDED POTENTIALLY ELIGIBLE FOR THE NATIONAL REGISTER…….ONE RESOURCE, 297-0072, ANGEL OAK, IS LOCATED DIRECTLEY NEXT TO THE SURVEY AREA AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE AFFECTED BY CONSTRUCTION.”
Eligibility in The National Register for Historic Places states:
“The quality of significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture is present in districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association, and that have yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history. ”