A Visit to Ohio's Millennium Grove

I recently spent a great day with my older son, and the Coates family. My wonderful father-in-law, Whitey Coates, gave us the guided tour of this terrific Millennium Grove in Chillicothe, Ohio, which he and my mother-in-law were instrumental in founding and sustaining. He even wrote all the copy for the plaques. It contains numerous trees from across America that are direct descendants of trees from historic figures and sites; such as Mount Vernon, Johnny Appleseed, Harriet Beecher Stowe, James Madison, and even Amelia Earhart. The oldest traces back to 1619. The newest is from a sycamore seed taken to the moon by Apollo XIV.

- Dale Kiefer

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Other Millennium Groves

While Ohio is probably unique in having such a large grove (109 trees!), there are other Millennium Groves located across the country. Here are the ones we know about:

Millennium Grove at Gilman Park Arboretum; Pierce, Nebraska

Millennium Grove at Norristown Farm Park; Norristown, PA - This grove shares some ancestor trees with Ohio's Millennium Grove, including Johnny Appleseed tree; Trail of Tears Redbud; Minuteman Red Maple; Mark Twain Cave Bur Oak; Franklin D. Roosevelt Redbud; Harriet Beecher Stowe White Ash.

Millennium Grove within Dunn Park; Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (not connected with the USDA's Millennium Grove project)

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List of Trees

There are 48 unique species represented among Ohio's Millennium Grove's 110 trees. Here is an alphabetical list of the species and a link to each page:

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Navigating Ohio's Millennium Grove

Whitey Coates explains how to find your way around the Millennium Grove.

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History of Ohio's Millennium Grove

Ohio's Millennial Grove exists largely because of the efforts of C. Duane "Whitey" Coates, a team of volunteers and the Chillicothe Tree Commission.

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