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“ugh!!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Tree That Owns Itself

Tree That Owns Itself
Finley at Dearing Street, Athens, GA
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Ranked #17 of 59 things to do in Athens
Type: Other
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Athens, Georgia
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“ugh!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

A waste of space!!! and a horrible cobblestone road!!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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43 reviews
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“It is a tree”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

Soo, yeah. This is a tree, that owns itself. ..did I tell you it is a tree? (because that is the most interesting part about it). If you happen to be driving past this tree and want to look at it, fine, but definitely do not set aside any (minor) part of a vacation or day to visit this.

Visited June 2011
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“it's an oak tree”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2009

Yes, the tree owns itself and that's just strange. Apparently, a city tax collector tried to have the tree removed because it never paid taxes and the town wanted that guy's head! All I can say is- it's Athens! How can you not love this place? Strange a quarky sums up A-town. I love it!!

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Athens, Georgia
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“My First Sightseeing Experience in Athens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2008

When I first visited Athens my junior year of high school as a prospective UGA student, my mother couldn't stop talking about a tree that we had to go see. We all know parents can be a little strange, but this seemed like an odd request even for a mom. She had read somewhere about a tree in Athens, Georgia that actually owns itself. Of course we had to check it out.

Sure enough, at the corner of Finley Street and Dearing Street, about a block off of Broad Street, stands an oak tree with a sign that deeds it to itself. Technically, the tree that stands there today grew from an acorn of the original tree, which fell in 1942. However, the history is still there. Legend has it that in the early 1800s, out of love for a great oak on his property, Professor William H. Jackson deeded to the tree ownership of itself and the land within eight feet of it on all sides to itself. The tree's property rights have never been questioned.

If you have some extra time, the tree is worth seeing. After all, this is the only tree in the world that actually owns itself.

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