Charleston’s Angel Oak

Visit the city’s majestic ecological treasure

The southern city of Charleston firmly remains a beloved destination for many reasons, but the Angel Oak is an especially intriguing site you shouldn’t miss. Located on Johns Island, the tree is so old that its origins are impossible to date. (Local experts have speculated the tree’s age could range from 400 to 1,500 years.)

But the earliest recorded date of its existence was in 1717, when Jacob Waight issued a land grant for the property on which the tree sits. Eventually, parts of the land were passed on to his fifth-generation heir, Martha Waight, who married Justus Angel – which is how the name Angel Oak came about. In 1991, the majestic tree become the property of the City of Charleston. Today, the stately live oak is surrounded by a park, and is a tranquil (and historic) spot to unwind with a leisurely stroll or picnic lunch.


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