The Angel Oak
The Angel Oak, one of America’s largest live oak trees, on John’s Island

In a wooded glade on John’s Island, near Charleston, the Angel Oak is a silent sentinel to the wash of history across these shores. The Charleston Parks Conservancy calls it one of the “oldest living things east of the Mississippi River,” and from its size and grandeur, there is no question of its age. Thought to be more than 1,500 years old, it is a remarkable testament of resilience.

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