The Senator

The tree known as “The Senator,” or simply “the big tree,” burned on January 16, 2012. The massive cypress, located near Longwood, Florida in Seminole County, was believed to be nearly 3,500 years old. Locals, tourists and naturalists alike marveled at The Senator until a fire started by vandals destroyed the renowned landmark one year ago today.

The Senator Cypress tree with State Forester Hux Coulter standing on the left (early 1900s)

The Senator Cypress tree with State Forester Hux Coulter standing on the left (early 1900s)