Believed to have
been 270 years old when it died in 1990, this bur oak is
said to have served as an unofficial post office for
travelers on the Santa Fe Trail from 1825-1847.
Passing caravans could leave messages for future
travelers in a cache in the base of the tree. The
tree trunk stands next to a stone building erected in
1864 for use as a brewery. The Morris County
Historical Society operates a museum in this building
open Sunday afternoon in the summer and by appointment.
NL - Site on the council Grove National Historic
NT - Listed on the National Historic Santa Fe Trail