George Washington’s Tree Brought Down by Strong Winds
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The eastern United States is recovering from a major storm, which left widespread damage.
Strong gusts of wind broke windows and removed tops of buildings. Hundreds of thousands of people lost power for one or more days. Huge trees came crashing down.
And, reports say one of the trees brought down by the storm may have been planted by the first U.S. president, George Washington.
The tree stood on the grounds of Washington's home at Mount Vernon, about 30 kilometers south of Washington, D.C. The huge estate sits along the Potomac River, just south of Alexandria, Virginia.
Today, George Washington's Mount Vernon is a popular stop for travelers, both Americans and visitors from overseas.
The tree, a Canadian hemlock, was planted near the entrance to a garden on the property. It had a sign that read "circa 1791" on it -- the year that people thought it was planted.
Rob Shenk works for George Washington's Mount Vernon. He published a photograph of the damaged tree on Twitter last weekend. He wrote, "The DC area lost a lot of trees yesterday, but maybe none more significant than this 1791 Canadian Hemlock at Mount Vernon. George Washington himself likely knew this tree..."
Dean Norton is the director of horticulture at George Washington's Mount Vernon. In a video published on social media this week, he talked about the history of the fallen hemlock.
Washington, Norton said, was interested in planting hemlock trees on his property. Hemlocks did not grow in this part of Virginia.
In 1784, Norton explained, Washington sent a letter to New York Governor George Clinton requesting the trees.
By July of 1785, Washington got his wish. He received two hemlocks planted in cut whiskey barrels.
General Benjamin Lincoln of Massachusetts sent the trees to the future president as a gift from Clinton.
Mount Vernon experts say Washington wrote down that he planted the trees on the grounds of Mount Vernon on July 13, 1785.
Neither Shenk nor Norton can be sure that Washington planted the tree with his own hands. However, Shenk told The Washington Post newspaper that he at least directed the planting.
But last week, 100-kilometer-per-hour winds twisted, shook and took down the over two-century-old hemlock.
"You hate to see it, but it happens," Norton said in the video. He described the fallen hemlock as a "living witness to the life and times of George Washington."
Mount Vernon officials say that they have collected the wood from the tree. It will be used at Mount Vernon for preservation efforts and special projects.
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1.wrote down 写下
The policeman wrote down my name and address.
2.took down 取下；记下
She took down the tablets in one gulp.
3.at least 至少
He's been away for at least a week.
4.brought down 击落
Several aircrafts were intercepted and brought down.
5.Hundreds of thousands of people lost power for one or more days.
Hundreds of thousands of 成千上万的
Office material worth hundreds of thousands of pounds was smashed up.
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to mark the occasion.
6.Huge trees came crashing down.
crashing down 撞毁；摧毁
Barriers to entry in almost every industry have come crashing down, opening vast opportunities for small companies.
Fear and shock spread across the globe as the twin towers came crashing down and thousands were killed.
强风击碎了玻璃，掀翻了屋顶 。数十万人一天或几天处于断电状态 。大树轰然倒塌 。
这棵树位于华盛顿故居弗农山庄，距华盛顿特区南部约30公里 。弗农山庄坐落在弗吉尼亚州亚历山大市南部的波多马克河畔 。
这棵加拿大铁杉位于庄园的一个花园入口附近 。树上悬挂着“大约1791年前后”的标志——人们认为这是种树的时间 。
罗布·申克（Rob Shenk）在弗农山庄工作 。上周末，他在推特上发布了一张大树被吹倒的照片 。他写道：“昨天，华盛顿特区很多树都被大风吹倒了，但是也许都没有弗农山庄这棵1791年种下的加拿大铁杉重要 。华盛顿本人可能了解这棵树 。”
迪恩·诺顿（Dean Norton）是弗农山庄的园艺主任 。本周，他在发布到社交媒体上的视频中提及这棵铁杉的历史 。
诺顿表示，华盛顿有意在庄园里种植一些铁杉 。弗吉尼亚州这一片没有种植铁杉 。
诺顿解释说，1784年，华盛顿致函纽约州州长乔治·克林顿（George Clinton）求取树苗 。
1785年7月，华盛顿终于得偿所愿 。他收到两棵种在割开的威士忌桶里的铁杉 。
马萨诸塞州的将军本杰明·林肯（Benjamin Lincoln）将这些树作为礼物送给了这位未来的总统 。
申克和诺顿不确定这棵树是否为华盛顿亲手所种 。然而，申克对《华盛顿邮报》表示，至少是他下令种植的 。
诺顿在视频中称：“你不愿看到，但是这还是发生了 。”他表示，这颗倒下的铁杉“见证了华盛顿的生平和时代 。”