Tiny insect claims Abingdon landmark
Sep 18, 2008 at 12:00 AM
The Bristol Herald-Courier reports that if it looks like thereâ€™s a hole in the Abingdon skyline, itâ€™s not your imagination; a towering tree that survived the Civil War was removed this week after it succumbed to a tiny insect.
\\\"The [hemlock woolly] adelgid had gotten to a point where we were drastically concerned about the tree and the overall well-being of our guests,\\\" said Chris Lowe, general manager of the Martha Washington Inn, which owned the tree.
The tree had dropped a few small limbs recently, and Lowe said it grabbed his attention last month when part of a large maple tree across the street fell on the Washington County News building and festival vendors.
Lowe said it turned out that the hemlock that towered over the inn and the Barter Theatre at more than 100 feet also had a potentially dangerous flaw.
\\\"They actually found a big split in the tree that was within a foot of splitting the whole tree in half,\\\" Lowe said, adding that the tree removal this week was good timing.
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