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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This living tree has a very interesting history about its past. It's a novelty to visit, but small children wouldn't understand it. There is next to NO parking and is up on a hill in a residential neighborhood.

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Belmar, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

It's hard to even really rate/review this oddity. Actually, I don't even think oddity is the right word. It's a tree. Driving by you wouldn't think twice about it. It's a nice tree. Nothing wrong with it. But it is a historical landmark. There are two small plaques, one explaining sort of what the deal is with this. That's about... More 

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Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Courtesy of UGA's (no-longer independent, ahem...student-run newspaper) the Red&Black (March 6, 2015): At the intersection of S. Finley and Dearing streets resides The Tree That Owns Itself. This massive white oak has been creating buzz in the community throughout its existence, from a recent Tumblr post that gained over 400,000 notes to the tree’s reference in the Centennial Edition Athens... More 

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Address: Finley at Dearing Street, Athens, GA
Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens

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