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Address: Finley at Dearing Street, Athens, GA

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A tree!

Perhaps a better idea in theory than in reality... But it is nice to have seen it. Saw it in winter, perhaps nicer in the summertime.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 December 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

Perhaps a better idea in theory than in reality... But it is nice to have seen it. Saw it in winter, perhaps nicer in the summertime.

1 Thank Murfcat
Athens, Georgia
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314 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

A quick stop and picture is all that is needed. In the early 1800's the owner deeded the tree and surrounding ground to the tree itself to keep it from being cut down, it would have been, it is sticking out in the road today. Original tree died, but a scion acorn from the original was planted in the 1940's... More 

Thank terryLCO
NE England
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56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

I saw an internet post about the tree before we visited Athens and then just had to see it out of curiosity. An interesting story, not sure I would have made a special trip had the tree not been in the street next to our hotel.

Thank TAF8
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

A tree that owned itself in an era when people were considered - I won't even go there. This tree gets a lot of hype when in reality it's barely worth it. Not only do you have to travel on the WORST road on Clarke county (not debatable) but no one seems to be able to drive on this tiny... More 

1 Thank Latressa J
Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

A fascinating little piece of Athens' oddness. Beautiful old tree...that owns itself. Set in a lovely neighborhood of charming homes. Worth seeking out.

Thank Diane A A
Staatsburg, New York
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224 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

The Tree That Owns Itself is on a side road, Finley Street, off the mainstreet leading downtown (Broadstreet). If you miss Finley, just take the next right heading downtown and then another right. You'll find it sitting enclosed in a small fence in front of someone's house who must now be sick and tired of people stopping to view it.... More 

1 Thank Pryst
Athens, Georgia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Who knew a tree in Athens GA could own itself. Apparently it can. It's a Big, huge tree almost in the middle of a tiny road thru a neighborhood on top of a hill. When you come to it, you will know it!

Thank JJd2009
Evans, Ga
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314 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

I drove passed this tree just to see it. it's a nice-looking tree as it really looks like it's a part of the yard of the house sitting next to it. it's a cute story and if you're in the area you can drive by and that's all the time this so called attraction should take of your time

Thank tleeEvans
Athens, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

This is a major attraction in Athens. Who knows why? It's in a little sward in the middle of a street. There's a small fence around it, or at least there used to be. Actually, it'sa only a scion of the original tree. More interesting might be the statue of Lot's wife in front of the Civic Center. It's really... More 

1 Thank Rwilbur2015
Gainesville, Georgia
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166 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

for sure a one of a kind oddity from a small southern town with a sense of humor. worth seeing on a non football weekend, even better when the university is out for a break or summer

1 Thank bbqman3341

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