Bath to plant 'Witness Tree' saplings

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BATH — The city will celebrate Arbor Week by planting two Lincoln honey locust trees that are direct descendants of the “Witness Tree” under which President Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address in 1863.

One sapling will be planted on the lawn of the historic Customs House on Front Street during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 21. The tree will be dedicated to Edward D. True II, chairman of the board of the Customs House from 1978 until his 2007 death.

The second tree will be planted at City Park on Washington Street following the Customs House ceremony.

Both 15-foot saplings were cloned from root cuttings of the original Gettysburg tree, which fell in 2008. They will be placed on the same sites as two earlier trees planted in memory of Lincoln after his 1865 assassination.

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