A massive sycamore that towers above a picturesque red barn on Main Street North in Southbury is on the list of the most notable trees in the state.
The tree is on a statewide list generated by The Notable Trees Project, which collects and distributes information about Connecticut's largest and most historic trees, both native and introduced.
The organization, established in 1985, is a volunteer enterprise sponsored by the Connecticut Botanical Society, The Connecticut College Arboretum, and the Connecticut Urban Forest Council, according to their website.
One of the trees that made the list in Southbury is the 93’ tall sycamore tree at 374 Main Street North known as “The Lincoln Tree.”
“This massive sycamore on the McAllister property is known locally as the “Lincoln Tree.” In 1865, a member of the McAllister family was working on the barn, near the tree, when he heard Southbury’s church bells ringing to commemorate the passing of President Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Tree is one of many historic trees, mainly sycamores and maples, that line Main Street North and contribute to its gracious character,” according to the Southbury Historic District.