Richland, New Jersey: Carved Tree of History

A giant 235-year-old tree, centerpiece of a town park, died in 2015. Rather than chop it down, the town hired an artist to carve it into an eerie-looking record of the town's history.
Fir Ave., Richland, NJ
In Sawmill Park. Downtown, on the south side of US Hwy 40, between Fir and Greenbriar Aves.
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Richland Village Park Tree

In Richland Village there is a uniquely carved tree with village, railroad, and emergency services carvings.

[Ray, 04/05/2017]

The 235-year-old oak tree, centerpiece of the park, died in 2015. Instead of chopping it down, Richland hired chainsaw artist Brian Ackley to carve the town's history into the tree's trunk and branches. He expects to finish later in 2017, in time for Richland to celebrate its 150th birthday.

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