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The Liberty Tree
Liberty Tree was an American Elm that stood in our yard from the early 1700s
until about 1925. Like other Liberty Trees around greater Boston, it was a
rallying point for the Minutemen before and during the Revolutionary War. Before
the War, our house was known as the Simon Hunt home, but ever since it has been
called the Liberty Tree House. In 1915, the schoolchildren of Acton planted the
Norway Maple that stands on the North side of the house. With World War I in
mind, they named it the Peace Tree.
Keeping up the tradition, we planted a London Plane Tree on the Southwest side of the house, near the spot where the Liberty Tree had been. Acton schoolchildren again helped with the planting ceremony. We call this tree the Freedom Tree, and it was planted the same week that Apartheid was ended in South Africa.