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Tulip Poplar

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For more than two cen­turies, the gi­ant Tulip Poplar pro­vided shade for vis­i­tors to Tar­ry­town’s Pa­triot Park. It was there that in 1780, colo­nial mili­ti­a­men cap­tured British Ma­jor John An­dre, find­ing on him pa­pers that re­vealed the treach­ery of Gen­eral Bene­dict Arnold. When the old tree died, the Tar­ry­town His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, in con­cert with the vil­lage gov­ern­ment, de­cided to re­place it with an­other Tulip Poplar. On Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 5, vil­lage of­fi­cials and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety of­fi­cers gath­ered to ded­i­cate the young sapling to honor John Pauld­ing, David Williams and Isaac Van Wart, the three pa­tri­ots who cap­tured An­dre. (L-R:) Jim DeS­i­mone, chair­man of the Tar­ry­town Recre­ation Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, Anne O’Brien, Chair­per­son, Tar­ry­town Tree Com­mis­sion,Trustee Robert Hoyt, Trustee Paul Ri­naldi, Karen Frazer, Trustee of the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Sara Mas­cia, His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Mayor Drew Fix­ell, Trustee Becky Mc­Gov­ern and Vil­lage Ad­min­is­tra­tor Richard Slinger­land. 

—Photo by Joe Golden

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