It always makes me sad to see old trees like this have to come down, but realistically it needs to be done. SO now, how to make the best of the situation!
The idea of benches, tables and other amazing durable functional pieces being made from the tree is wonderful. Well constructed and protected furnishings could breath another 100 years into the tree
I know the tree is only about 3 feet in diameter, but a couple, or several, 3 ft dia tables made from simple crosscut sections (with the bark) could be an option. Once cut, before protecting with polyurethane or such, one of our local artist could make the tables into timelines, labeling some of the town's and county's historical moments on the rings of the tree.
While I am not a citizen of Warrenton, but do live in Fauquier County, I would like to add, with all due respect to the person suggesting it, I am NOT in favor of part of the tree becoming firewood, even though I realize the suggestion was made to help those in need. Winter has been easy on us the last few years. There is a lot of firewood out there, for free or nominal prices. Also, we see downed trees all over the county every year. Retrieving and cutting those is also an avenue for heat purposes for those who might need help.
The suggestion of saving genes,samples and cuttings from the tree is excellent! The more beneficial projects accomplished from the tree makes it's loss seem a little less sad.