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Address: Finley at Dearing Street, Athens, GA
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A tree... With some history

The Tree That Owns Itself is a white oak tree, widely assumed to have legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet (2.4 m) of its base. The tree, also called the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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Athens, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a major attraction in Athens. Who knows why? It's in a little sward in the middle of a street. There's a small fence around it, or at least there used to be. Actually, it'sa only a scion of the original tree. More interesting might be the statue of Lot's wife in front of the Civic Center. It's really... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

for sure a one of a kind oddity from a small southern town with a sense of humor. worth seeing on a non football weekend, even better when the university is out for a break or summer

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This is such a unique thing to see. My kids love it! They think it is so cool! The road is not easy to navigate...it's cobblestone and then narrows down to one lane to go around the tree but it is not to be missed.

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Lexington, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is a must see when in Athens. It is very cool and the cobblestone street going up the hill to see the tree is really neat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The Tree That Owns Itself is a white oak tree, widely assumed to have legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet (2.4 m) of its base. The tree, also called the Jackson Oak, is located at the corner of South Finley and Dearing Streets in Athens, Georgia, United States. The original tree fell in 1942, but... More 

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Jefferson, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

A great place to get a selfie so you can share the story of the tree that owns its own property. The cobblestone hill (Finley St.) will likely be more exciting for kids than the tree.

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Athens, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I hesitate to call this an "attraction," more of a quirky thing to drive past. This tree was right by my house so I passed it everyday on my way to school. It was a few months before I realized that THAT was the tree people were always going on about. The tree has an interesting back story, but in... More 

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Mt. Airy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is one for the books! A tree that is owned by itself. I wonder if a person/committee is appointed to look after the best interest of itself and its health?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Unique, I think, but kind of a cool little stop to check out with the kids. Makes for a great addition to a city scavenger hunt.

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Watkinsville, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Over the years I've seen plenty of Athens tourist publications, and almost all have this listed. It's just a tree. And I'm a horticulture professor. But I wouldn't bother. There are many more beautiful trees around. Go to the State Botanical Garden!

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