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Holliston's 'Moon Tree'

by The Publishers
February 9, 2019

If you have ever noticed the beautiful American Sycamore tree growing outside the Police Station, it is “The Holliston Moon Tree.”

Publishers' Note: This article was contributed by Walter Thornton - a man who enjoys golf and trees (not at the same time).

If you have ever noticed the beautiful American Sycamore tree growing outside the Police Station, it is “The Holliston Moon Tree.”

On January 31, 1971, Apollo 14 lifted off with astronauts Edgar Mitchell, Alan Shepard, and Stuart Roosa.  This crew is most widely remembered as the ones who played golf on the Moon. 

While Shepard and Mitchell were on the lunar surface, Roosa orbited the moon.  In Roosa’s personal gear were hundreds of tree seeds.  Roosa had previously worked for the U.S. Forest Service and he wanted to know what effect space travel would have on seed germination.

Upon returning to earth the seeds were planted and indeed sprouted.  Each state received two seedlings that sprouted from the ‘moon’ seeds.  Holliston was selected to receive one to help celebrate the town’s 250th anniversary and the other sapling went to Pembroke.

Holliston’s first sapling did not survive its trip from Mississippi where the seeds had germinated.  NASA quickly sent another seedling which arrived just in time for the town’s 250th celebration.

The Holliston Garden Club was chosen to be the custodian of this prized specimen.  The club decided it was too fragile to plant outside and sent it to Weston Nursery to mature.  During the 250th ceremony, a ‘body double’ was planted while the NASA tree got stronger.  This proved to be a wise choice for two reasons: Pembroke’s sapling died within 18 months of arriving in the New England climate, AND the Holliston ‘double’ was stolen just six days after it was planted!!

When Holliston’s moon tree was hardy enough to survive the weather, it was planted at the Police Station and a fence was erected around it.  Also, a plaque identifying the ‘moon tree’ was placed at the base of the tree.  It has since disappeared.  The Holliston Garden Club will be replacing the plaque on Arbor Day 2019.

The plans for the new Police Station built in 2008, put the tree in the middle of the planned driveway.  It was safely moved to its current location.

The moon trees were not affected by their space travel but, like any tree, many have succumbed to nature and only a few dozen have survived.

Holliston is fortunate to still have one of those original 450 seedlings.  There may be a photo op for local photographers – an evening shot of the moon through the branches of our ‘Moon Tree.’

Publishers' Note: This article was contributed by Walter Thornton - a man who enjoys golf and trees (not at the same time).

 

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Comments (2)

Does anybody seriously still think we actually landed on the moon? If you look up "moon landing fake" on YouTube there is irrefutable evidence that the government faked it. There is a globalist agenda to sterilize the male population through excessive soy consumption and feminism. We need to resist BIG SOY's efforts to infiltrate our strong American community. Thank you, Jerry

- Jerry Shanahan | 2/11/19 7:12 PM

Thank you for this article!

- Jean Morrissey | 2/10/19 6:50 PM

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