Story Highlights Summer heat kills a white oak tree that has shaped a community’s image Its wood will be saved and used in a still undecided way Basking Ridge, New Jersey CNN — Revolutionary War soldiers are buried in its shadow. The tree was standing when settlers purchased the landRead More →

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Locals say George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette — the Frenchman who funded American patriots with cold, hard money — picnicked in the shade he provided. Rank and file soldiers are said to have rested below, gathering strength before defeating the Redcoats. It is aRead More →