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The Thorndike Oak: George Thorndike, Class of 1806, planted this oak tree on the Quad in 1802 to mark the opening of the College. The Thorndike Oak became an important symbol for the College and many speeches and ceremonies were held beneath it. In 1985, over 180 years old and in poor health, the tree was cut down and this section preserved. The cross-section is on display now on the second floor of Hubbard Hall. For more on The Thorndike Oak, read the "Whispering Pines" essay by John Cross '76 (right click on the link to open).