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At historic Belmont Manor, losing a tree rooted in local history

At historic Belmont Manor, losing a tree rooted in local history

Climbers with chain saws cut down what was believed to be one of the oldest trees in Maryland at Belmont Manor and Historic Park in Elkridge on Monday, as limbs and sections of the trunk lowered by cranes lay scattered below. "A lot of stories are in that tree that we'll never hear. They will be gone," said Fred Dorsey, a local preservationist and a descendant of Caleb and Priscilla Dorsey, original owners of the Howard County manor house. The 95-foot tall English elm stood for generations; its exact age is unknown, but officials believe it could be 250 years old, or older. The main house at Belmont Manor was built in 1738. "If we can make the assumption that this...

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