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Book to highlight oldest trees in Henry

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

McDONOUGH — Scott Honeycutt of Locust Grove wants residents to help him showcase a part of Henry County’s history in photographic form.

Honeycutt, 39, is English teacher at Luella High School. He is looking for some of the oldest trees in the county for a book he is writing, titled “Founders: the Magnificent Trees of Henry County.”

“We’re trying to locate trees that are around 200 years old,” said Honeycutt. “A lot of these trees are not growing on the road. They’re just growing anonymously. I’d like to give them the fame that they deserve.”

Honeycutt said the desire to write the book sprang from his overall interest in nature. He has already found trees for his project in Locust Grove and at the Shingleroof Campground in McDonough and hopes that residents will be able to point him toward more trees to include in his book.

“I’m sure there are a lot of old trees on private property that nobody would ever see unless someone let me know,” he said. “What we’re hoping is that people will say, ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve had this tree on our property since we were kids.’”

Honeycutt said he is writing the book with help of McDonough photographer Bess Williams. He also recently enlisted the help of Henry County historian Gene Morris to find trees to be used in the project.

“He actually pointed out where he thought a couple of these trees might be hiding,” said Honeycutt.

Morris said it is important to teach residents about elements of the county’s history before they are gone.

“Growth and development are taking a pause in the county and this is an opportunity to identify these historical trees so that they can be preserved when development begins in the future,” said Morris.

He commended Honeycutt for working to highlight long-standing trees in Henry and said he hopes residents will take part in the endeavor.

“I like it when people in Henry County want to learn more about its history and preserve it,” said Morris. “Everybody’s familiar with a few large trees, but if you can get all the people involved we can find the largest trees throughout the county.”

Honeycutt said Williams will photograph trees through the winter and spring, with the book’s completion expected in June.

For more information or to nominate a tree, call Honeycutt at 678-583-4292 or email honeycutt825@charter.net.