Corydon, Indiana: Constitution Elm - Historic Stump

The Constitution Elm has been dead since 1925, but its remains are too historic to throw away.

The Constitution Elm

W. High St., Corydon, IN
N. Capitol Ave. to downtown. Take the last right onto W. High St. before the stoplight. The Constitution Elm is almost at the end of the block, on the right.
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Constitution Elm - Historic Stump

Forty-three delegates met in 1816 to draft Indiana's first constitution. Due to the sweltering heat, the delegates moved outside and continued their work under the branches of an enormous elm. Although the tree died of Dutch Elm disease in 1925, its trunk is still preserved.

[Mary K. Marlatt, 08/02/2007]

The tree's branches were removed and the trunk was preserved with coal tar and surrounded by a stone monument. Tiny pieces of the branches were sold as souvenirs, and you can still buy them at the town's interpretive center and gift shop, which is across Walnut St. from the town square at the old Corydon Presbyterian Church.

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