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Kentucky Color - Chance Sassafras

Within the community of those who cherish Great Trees, the Chance Sassafras tree is as important as the old landmark it stands beside
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By Billy Joe Fudge
Retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry

Hope springs eternal and maybe, just maybe, this old sassafras could be springing eternal or pretty close to it. I would hazard a guess that it was a young whipper-snapper before the Chance Post Office was moved to this location.

With branches broad and strong and stately standing in the yard, he is a worthy specimen for artist's brush, or poet's quill.


Now, although no one is traveling the walk from the front porch of the house to the back door of the Post Office anymore, this massive tree continues to stand guard over the well worn walkway.

I hate to be chestnut about it but "if this tree could talk what tales he would tell".

He would talk about the laughter of joy coming from children playing hide-n-seek and tag, and farmers resting before returning to the field.

He would speak of seeing neighbors walking through the snow to sip on a Coke while playing Rook by the stove.

He would smile while thinking of the children coming home from school, and he would muse about how it all doesn't seem so long ago. -Billy Joe Fudge


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Kentucky Color: The Chance, KY, Sassafras tree



2010-04-29 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Walnut Grove RD/main street/Chance, Adair Co., KY
Worthy specimen: "This old sassafras could be springing eternal or pretty close to it," writes Billy Joe Fudge. "I would hazard a guess that it was a young whipper-snapper before the Chance Post Office was moved to this location. With branches broad and strong and stately standing in the yard, he is a worthy specimen for artist's brush, or poet's quill."

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