Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard

Hartford Park

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The Consecrated Tree and a close-up of the plaque

The Consecrated Tree, an old, gnarled, dried-up cedar set in cement and dedicated with a plaque, has been a place of worship since 1849. The plaque on this natural free sculpture tells the tree's story. Nathaniel Hawthorne mentions a prayer service held here in My Kinsman Major Molineaux.

The plaque reads:
The Consecrated Tree
So called because devout men from the
neighboring campground resorted
here for prayer and praise sixty five
years ago.
Tradition related that this was
then an ancient tree with spreading
branches standing in a forest of oaks.
A tablet was placed here June, 1914.
Reinscribed August, 1978.

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Last Updated: October 23, 1996