The Angel Oak in Charleston is one of the most beloved landmarks of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Its sprawling branches and sturdy trunk have come to stand as a symbol of the city. Seeing the Southern live oak tree is at the top of many people’s to-do lists when they visit the area. Drive just a short distance from Kiawah Island to experience the Angel Oak for yourself.
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The History of the Angel Oak in Charleston, SC
The Angel Oak in Charleston can be found on Johns Island. The tree is so old that it’s difficult to date, so there are discrepancies about its age. Some predict that it is around 400 years old, while other sources suggest it could be aged closer to 1,500 years. Historians know for certain that its earliest recorded date of existence was 1717 when Jacob Waight was issued a land grant for 12,000 acres, including the land on which the tree sits.
Parcels of the land were passed on to Martha Waight – Jacob’s fifth generation heir – in 1797 and 1810. She married Justus Angel, and together they ran the Angel Plantation. (This is how the tree acquired its name.) After over a century in the hands of the Angel family, the land was sold in the mid-1900s. In 1991, it became the property of the City of Charleston. It is now the site of a park centered around the famous tree.
Visiting Angel Oak in Charleston
Angel Oak is located at 3688 Angel Oak Road. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the grounds is free, and there is a small gift shop on-site. It is a beautiful place to relax or have a picnic. In an effort to protect the health of the tree, visitors are asked not to climb or carve on the Angel Oak.
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