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Style · April 30, 2019

Century-old elm tree’s farewell planned May 3

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
The elm tree — “Elmo” or “Elmira,” as some have nicknamed it — produced its last buds this spring.
We’re asking people to take photos of the tree and selfies with the tree and share them with #warrentonroots on Facebook and Instagram.
— ETOW Executive Director Charity Furness
Warrenton on Friday night will say goodbye to the century-old elm tree outside the courthouse on Main Street.

1st Friday, Experience Old Town Warrenton’s monthly event, will focus on the tree, scheduled for removal next week because of safety concerns.

“We’re asking people to take photos of the tree and selfies with the tree and share them with #warrentonroots on Facebook and Instragram,” ETOW Executive Director Charity Furness said.

The organization hopes to receive as many as 1,500 photos, which will get combined in a “mosaic” image of the tree, Ms. Furness explained.

Framecraft will produce the composite image. The shop also plans to make a frame of wood from the tree to display the mosaic photograph, which ETOW will present to town officials.

“We really need as many photos as possible,” Ms. Furness said.

Main Street will close to vehicles for the event, which will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3.

County and town officials recently agreed the elm tree — perhaps more than 120 years old — needs to come down.

Bartlett Tree Experts of Marshall will remove the tree Tuesday morning, May 7.

The Warrenton Main Street program’s inaugural 1st Friday event of the season also will feature vendors, music and a beer and wine garden.

“Plant Your Roots in Warrenton” will serve as Friday’s theme.

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Mark House · May 2, 2019 at 10:53 am
The tree company has to wait until 8 am to begin work on Tuesday, May 7th, so I'm stopping by with my pickup, and see if I can ask for a few pieces of the elm to bring home and make bowls, or a cutting board, or something memorable.
Jason Goldman · May 1, 2019 at 5:24 pm
I am a wood turner and would love to have a few pieces of this tree.i would be willing to make and donate a piece to the county. If anyone can help please get in touch with me.
Cammie Rodgers · May 1, 2019 at 11:33 am
Inbox3383@gmail.com · May 1, 2019 at 6:54 am
Are there any plans for a replacement? A separate ceremony would be nice.
Cammie Rodgers · April 30, 2019 at 9:15 pm
I mourn all the trees being cut down, young and old, mostly for development, with the exception of Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), Bradford Pear, and Mimosa Trees. Where can we get some of the wood from the Elm for woodworking crafts?
Rover 530 · April 30, 2019 at 8:15 pm
Just cut it down already. It's a dying tree. A possible hazard if not removed. See if cuttings can spawn "children". Also see if most of the wood can be repurposed as remembrances and sold to benefit local charities.
Savefauquiercounty2019 · April 30, 2019 at 7:32 pm
A Tree Grew in Warrenton.
The Giving Tree.
The Hidden Life of Trees.

There are 409 books written about trees.

Trees provide strength and stability in communities.

Please come to Warrenton and take photos and say goodbye.
Appreciate how it stood so very long for us.

Warrenton will mourn its loss.
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