Giant Cypress of Tuckahoa Swamp

Transcribed by Sloan Mason


Giant Cypress of Tuckahoa Swamp Made into Lumber.
(Special to The Observer)
KINSTON, Nov. 1.—After towering many feet above its neighbors in dismal 
Tuckahoe Swamp near hero, for nearly 1,000 years it is estimated what is 
believed to be the biggest tree in eastern Carolina of the species, a giant 
cypress, has been removed through the enterprise of a local lumber 
manufacturing concern A section of this patriarch of the section's primeval 
forests was today placed on the lawn at the court house hero, with a copper 
plate nailed upon it bearing the inscription: "This cypress stump stood for 
976 years in Tuckahoe Swamp, Lenoir County." It had registered a ring about 
its heart yearly throughout four and a half centuries before the coming of 
Columbus, and gnarled and many limbed, would doubtless have seen centuries 
longer of life had not the despolling lumbermen come. The tree was 100 feet in 
height and 11 feet, one inch in diameter at the base. A cutting from its 
largest parts was sent to the State Museum at Raleigh, and that at the court 
house, cut 20 feet from the bottom, is five feet, one inch in diameter. The 
transportation of the big stick from the Swamp to the mills hero was a tedious 
undertaking, and was accomplished at much expense. From one 16 – foot cut was 
secured 3,000 feet of lumber, and the entire tree will yield about 16,000 feet 
or 80,000 shingles. It required three men at the mills a day and a half to 
make two cuts of the monster for the thin sections on exhibition in Raleigh 
and Kinston.  

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