On November 2, 2017 a former student set fire to a UNC Chapel Hill campus landmark, the Davie Poplar in McCorkle Place. The 300-375 year old tulip poplar was named in honor of Revolutionary War general and university founder William Richardson Davie. The tree was burned at the base.
I am no longer on campus often but on December 3, a month after the fire, a friend and I saw the damage first hand. We passed by Davie Poplar on way to Franklin Street for lunch before seeing the Playmaker production, Dot.
**Note: I read the damage is superficial and the tree is expected to be ok, but it will be more clear in Spring. Reports indicate the perpetrator is receiving help.
That is very sad when someone does that. Will the tree live?
It has of course been examined and will be carefully monitored. I read the damage is superficial and the tree is expected to be ok, but it will be more clear in Spring.
Wow how sad ppl hav no respect
It is sad.
😦 Not a pretty sight, poor thing. I hope it can recover.
The tree is resilient, I hope!
This is a living thing, not a stone monument. The damage did not look severe in the photo. I hope the tree recovers. The student needs some help on expressing angst. Poor tree.
The person is reportedly receiving help. Hope the tree carries on.
It could have been worse, I guess, he could have attacked people. Let’s hope he can be helped.
I’m assuming it was a he?
He was a “he.”
Detonated a small explosive that set the fire. A university professor sustained some injuries trying to put out the fire. Disturbing.
Yes, hope it makes it.
It never ceases to amaze me what individuals choose to do with their time here on earth. Best wishes that the tree survives and lives to see another season.
Judy, I hope the tree makes it too. Weird incident.
Odd thing to do? set fire to a tree..
Oh dear, I think I heard about this on the news–or maybe it was a similar incident here or somewhere else. I’m glad the tree will probably be OK, and that the perpetrator is getting psychological help.
Beth, I hope the tree survives too. Fortunately the University has planted a Davie Poplar Jr. and also a third so we have backup!
I hope the old tree fully recovers. There is something sacred about an old tree.
That is sad and makes me mad. I could never understand what motivates a person to hurt anything that cannot defend itself and is doing no harm, let alone a 300 year old tree. Its has weathered through and witnessed so much more on this planet than the perpetrator’s entire family ancestry here has. It’s way past due time we stop teaching kids to hit when they don’t get what they want when they want it. I’m sure the tree will survive and out live the sicko.
From news reports the person has mental illness and is getting help. Very sad all around.