Thursday, October 8, 2009

Magnolia Trees in Georgetown at East Market Street and Railroad Avenue.

Magnolia Trees in Georgetown


East Market Street and Railroad Avenue.

The next time you are in Georgetown slow down as you cross the railroad tracks and take a gander at the two Magnolia trees in the front yard of the Franklin Masonic Lodge.

According to the “Sussex County Snapshot Column” of the June 24, 1915, Philadelphia Inquirer, they were planted in front of Masonic Hall on Tuesday, June 22, 1915 by Dr. John W. Messick, a 72 year old Georgetown dentist. This was just three years before his death. They were presented to the Franklin Masonic Lodge by Edward D. Hearne, a Georgetown Lawyer, a United States Treasury Auditor living in Washington, D.C. It would be interesting to know how Mr. Hearne acquired them. One of those political gifts, you suppose?

The Clemson University Home & Garden Center list three main Magnolia varieties, the Southern, the Star and the Sweetbay, then goes on to say there are eighty species. The Georgetown trees appear to be Sweetbay, but that’s just a guess. The Southern Magnolia Tree is the Mississippi State Tree and I think all Magnolia trees are basically adapted to a southern landscape.

Google “Magnolia Society International” or “Clemson University Home & Garden Center” if you want more Magnolia information.

But, slowdown at the railroad next time in Georgetown and look for the trees, they are handsome.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. I will remember to take a look at the Magnolia in Georgetown. My neice who has a house right outside Milsboro has one of the oldest trees of it's kind. I can't remember the name. My neice is normally working at her store in Rehoboth, and it's called M2 on the south side of the second block of Rehoboth Ave.Her name is Meghan Fruchtman, and her or her husband Jason can tell you what type of tree it is.