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Address: Finley at Dearing Street, Athens, GA
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Yes, it really is just a tree. An oak tree. Is it one of the dumbest attractions you'll ever see? Of course it is, it's The Tree That Owns Itself. But isn't that reason enough to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 February 2016
Ken L
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

The story is neat and is told on the plague. It is worth seeing when you are in Athens. You can drive there and park within meters of the tree to take in this sight.

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Decatur, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

The tree itself is average as far as big, old trees go. But come to see this because of the story behind it. Also be sure to drive through the neighborhood and marvel at the wonderfully restored, grand old homes as well.

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Thank PhilipMC69
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is a local curiosity. Its just a tree, but in a slightly unusual place in that it encroaches on a residential street, and has a low wall surrounding it so as to preserve the original grade upon which it grows. And it has an interesting history. Apparently a gentleman who lived in the house adjacent to the tree liked... More 

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Jefferson, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

This was one of the first things I found on my very first visit to Athens. Cool bit of inane history, but overall....its a tree.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

Not a lot of parking but not a very busy street so park where you can. Interesting and quirky part of Athens.

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1 Thank MTravi
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

The Tree that owns itself is set a residential neighbor near downtown Athens. It's great for a quick picture by a historical piece of Athens.

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Thank cari k
Athens, Georgia
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11 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

It's a tree with an unusual history and placement. otherwise, that's it! If you are expecting the tree to talk to you - fahgetaboutit!

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Thank tr7of10
Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

and marvel at the quaintness of the idea. It is an interesting story (how many other trees have a children's book written about them?) Just enjoy the entire bizarreness of the thing as you walk through a lovely Athens' neighborhood.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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95 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

Yes, it really is just a tree. An oak tree. Is it one of the dumbest attractions you'll ever see? Of course it is, it's The Tree That Owns Itself. But isn't that reason enough to go five minutes out of your way if you happen to be in Athens? Then you can always tell people you saw The Tree... More 

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2 Thank Ken L
Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

The short story is that the tree was willed the land it sits on when the previous land owner passed away. Its location is now the center of a round-a-bout of sorts on a old cobble stone path road near downtown Athens. I do not personally know of any other trees that have land ownership rights (although more should) and... More 

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