Common Name: post oak
Scientific Name: Quercus stellata
Category: Old tree
Comments: This post oak is a well known tree in the area due to its size, age, beauty, and location. This tree is located in the center of Martinsville, Virginia on property that has been recognized by the National Register of Historical Places as a significant historical property. Adjacent to the post oak is the Little Post Office that played a critical role in the expansion of the U.S mail's star route in the late 19 century. It provided services to rural communities in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Over the years it expanded to Maryland, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Colorado serving over 500 routes. The Historic Post Office can be viewed at the bottom left of the photo below. At night, visitors can still enjoy the site of the post oak because the previous owner of the property placed spotlights around the tree to illuminate it at night for everyone to enjoy its uniqueness. Diameter: 137.5cm Height: 42.5m
Best time to photograph: Spring and Summer
Nominator: Tamara Poles
This tree is on public or publicly accessible property, including schools, churches or businesses. Please be respectful of others when visiting. Locations provided here are not an invitation to trespass, and public properties such as schools and military installations are not necessarily open to visitors. If you wish to make your location private, please let us know.
Owner Name: Piedmont Arts Association
Owner Address: 215 Starling Avenue Martinsville Va 24112
Directions: From Roanoke take 581 south to 220 south take VA-57 E toward FIELDALE for 5.4 mi. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto VA-457/ FAYETTE ST. 0.0 mi, Keep RIGHT at the fork to go on VA-457. 0.5 mi. Turn RIGHT onto W MARKET ST. 0.8 mi 7: Turn LEFT onto US-58 BR/ STARLING AVE/ VA-57 follow all the way to 201 Starling Avenue.
GPS Coordinates: N 36o 41.096 , -W 079o 51.928
post oak identification