1. The Angel Oak Tree is located on St. John’s Island, South Carolina, and is one of the state’s most visited landmarks.
2. It is said that the Southern Live Oak could be one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi coming in at over 500 years old!
3. The tree is estimated to be 400–500 years old.
4. The Angel Oak Tree derives its name from the estate of Justus Angel and his wife, Martha Waight Tucker Angel.
5. Local folklore tells stories of ghosts of former slaves appearing as angels around the tree.
6. Angel Oak was damaged severely during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but has since recovered.
7. The City of Charleston has owned the tree and surrounding park since 1991.
8. The Angel Oak features prominently in the book The Heart of A Child by Emily Nelson.