100 year-old tree at Spratt Homestead blown down by wind

Special to the Fort Mill TimesMarch 31, 2014 

A large oak tree fell at the historic Spratt Homestead during a March wind storm.

ZACH CLAYWELL — ZACH CLAYWELL

— After a large oak tree fell at the historic Spratt Homestead last month, homeowner and Fort Mill Town Councilman Thomas Spratt wasn’t sure what to do with it.

This week, he decided the tree didn’t die in vain.

“We have been approached by several teachers who want a slice to teach their students how to tell the age of a tree,” he said.

“We will bring a piece to our consignment store for decorations then will probably burn the rest unless someone wants some great firewood.”

Spratt, a descendent of the town’s first European settler, said the tree was planted 100 years ago by his great grandfather John McKee Spratt, who built the house in 1870.

“I am always amazed when I realize the reason we have these trees is that years ago our ancestors took the opportunity to plant them,” Spratt said. “That always inspires me to do the same so our future generations can enjoy them as we do today.”

The home was not damaged after the tree was uprooted by the March 12 storm, which had wind gusts of up to 37 miles per hour, he said.

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